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Laguna Beach’s Piper Naess receives Wave League MVP in girls’ volleyball

Laguna Beach High’s Piper Naess, seen putting the ball away for a kill past Newport Harbor’s Jasmine Amirie on Oct. 4, helped the Breakers share the Wave League title with the Sailors in 2018.
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Laguna Beach High junior outside hitter Piper Naess was named the Wave League MVP for leading the girls’ volleyball team to a share of the league championship.

Naess also helped Laguna Beach (19-14, 5-1 in league) advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship match. Sun Valley Village Christian swept the Breakers 25-19, 25-19, 25-11 in the final.

The Breakers made it to the second round of the CIF State Southern California Regional Division II tournament.

Naess compiled a team-high 450 kills on .261 hitting, adding 410 digs and 45 service aces. She had 38 kills in two matches against Newport Harbor, which split the title with Laguna Beach in the league’s first year in existence. The Breakers swept their way through the back half of league play.


Juniors Hallie Carballo, Cambria Hall and Soren Patchell received first-team nods for the Breakers.

Newport Harbor junior setter Jasmine Amirie and junior middle blocker Siena Springborn were also named to the first team, as was Fountain Valley junior outside hitter Phoebe Minch.

Carballo, a libero, had a team-high 514 digs and 37 aces.

Hall, an outside hitter, had 326 kills, 286 digs, 33 blocks and 33 aces.


Patchell, the primary setter, had 840 assists, 221 digs, 37 aces and 24 kills.

Amirie had 738 assists, 186 digs and 18 aces.

Springborn pounded out 197 kills to go with 96 blocks.

The second team included Laguna Beach senior outside hitter Gretchen Webb, Newport Harbor senior opposite Kendall Bagby and senior outside hitter Allison Crandell, Fountain Valley junior libero Rachel Lucie and sophomore middle blocker Juliette Bokor, and Marina junior middle blocker Helen McMullin.

Newport Harbor (10-21, 5-1) saw its best stretch in the league. The Sailors qualified for the Division 2 playoffs. Edison defeated host Newport Harbor 27-25, 25-12, 25-21 in the first round.

Fountain Valley (8-11, 2-4) was the third-place finisher in the league and it did not qualify for the playoffs.

The Vikings went 3-21 overall and 0-6 in the league.

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