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Laguna Beach’s Hallie Carballo named Wave League MVP in girls’ volleyball

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Laguna Beach’s Hallie Carballo makes a diving dig to keep a long rally alive in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs at home against Mira Costa on Oct. 24.
(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Laguna Beach High senior libero Hallie Carballo earned the Wave League MVP award for leading the girls’ volleyball team to its 15th consecutive league title.

Carballo, a USC beach volleyball commit, led the Breakers with 520 digs, while also providing 712 service receptions, 93 assists and 27 service aces.

Laguna Beach senior outside hitter Piper Naess, senior setter Soren Patchell and sophomore opposite Sophie Reavis were also selected to the all-league first team.

Fountain Valley had senior outside hitter Phoebe Minch and junior setter Lauren Mena named to the first team.

Senior setter Jasmine Amirie was Newport Harbor’s first-team representative.

Marina senior middle blocker Helen McMullin, a Cal Poly Pomona commit, received first-team honors.

Naess, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo signee for beach volleyball, makes her third appearance on the first team. She finished the season with a team-high 416 kills, adding 368 digs, 40 blocks and 33 aces.

Patchell, bound for UC Irvine, led the Breakers with 838 assists and 49 aces. She added 237 digs, 84 kills and 20 total blocks.

Reavis supplied 267 kills on .274 hitting. She also had 140 digs, 37 total blocks and 35 aces.

Laguna Beach (28-11, 6-0 in league) lost to Manhattan Beach Mira Costa in five sets at home in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

In the CIF State Southern California Regional Division I playoffs, the Breakers were swept by No. 2-seeded Foothill in their opener.

Minch, who committed to Westmont College, earned a varsity letter in all four years, helping the Barons reach the postseason twice.

Fountain Valley (19-11, 3-3) finished in second place in league play, and it advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. In the Division 3 playoffs, Fountain Valley posted road victories against St. Margaret’s and Rosary, before getting swept by Menifee Paloma Valley in the quarterfinals.

Barons’ Phoebe Minch’s 18 kills aren’t enough against the No. 3-seeded Wildcats, who win 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

Senior outside hitter Cambria Hall was selected to the second team from the Breakers.

The Barons’ second-team honorees included senior libero Rachel Lucie and junior opposite Juliette Bokor.

The Sailors also had junior outside hitter Maggie Herrington and senior opposite Sienna Springborn on the second team.

Newport Harbor (11-20, 2-4) ended up in third place in the league.

Vikings senior middle blocker Jane Paden was a second-team selection.

Although Marina (8-18, 1-5) finished in last place, it snapped a 69-match losing streak in league competition when it defeated visiting Newport Harbor 21-25, 17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-7 on Sept. 24.

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