Laguna continues to dominate league

The Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team continued its dominance in Orange Coast League play Tuesday by shutting out visiting Saddleback, 18-0.

Singles players Aislin Elkin, Ines Galmiche, Stephanie Tat, Parker Poche' and Katelyn Bo, and the doubles teams of Haley Moss/Lia Berger, Kate Rogers/Katelyn Walsh, Claire Jaeger/Bianca Sganga, Chloe Mansour/Shawna Yang and Monica Prokes/Sarah Nederlander all contributed to the victory.

Laguna dropped just seven games in 18 sets.

The win put the Breakers at 5-0 in league and 7-4 overall.

Laguna competes today and Saturday at the Dana Hills Tennis Coastal Championship. The Breakers return to league play next week playing Tuesday at Calvary Chapel and home Wednesday to Godinez. Both matches begin at 3 p.m.

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Girls' Volleyball

Laguna ran its Orange Coast League record to 3-0 and overall mark to 8-4 Tuesday by sweeping visiting Godinez, 25-9, 25-7, 25-13. Chanel Stewart had nine kills and seven digs, Mackenzie Hester seven kills and Caroline Holte six kills and six digs. Allison Palmer had 27 assists for the Breakers, who won their 43rd straight league match.

Laguna, ranked fifth in Division 1-A, stepped out of league play to compete Saturday at the Steve Lewis Festival at Lakewood High. The Breakers dropped a tight match to Long Beach Poly, the No. 2-ranked team in Division 1-AA, 26-24, 25-21, 25-14.

Laguna is in San Diego County today and Saturday for the California Challenge, hosted by Torrey Pines High. The Breakers are in Pool 3 with Mira Costa, La Jolla Country Day, Rancho Buena Vista and Long Beach Wilson. The Breakers play four matches today, starting with Rancho Buena Vista at 4 p.m. They'll play Long Beach Wilson at 5 p.m., Mira Costa at 6 p.m. and La Jolla Country Day at 8 p.m. Each match is best two out of three.

Other teams competing for the tournament title are La Costa Canyon, Canyon Crest Academy, Mater Dei and Vista Murrieta in Pool 1, Marymount (No. 1 Division 1-A), Torrey Pines, Liberty and Scripps Ranch in Pool 2, and Archbishop Mitty, Dos Pueblos, Cathedral Catholic, Centennial and Bonita Vista in Pool 4.

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Boys' Water Polo

Laguna, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 3, ran its Orange Coast League record to 2-0 by routing visiting Godinez, 25-5. Nine Breakers scored, led by five goals each from Tyler Mancusso and Nolan McConnell. Spencer Dodson scored three goals, Nicky Brunner and Erik Henrickson each had two and Samer Alkateb, Jack Clark and Tommy Renner each scored once. Alkateb and Brunner each had two assists, Henrickson had eight saves and two steals and Clark and Caleb Scott both had two steals.

In previous action that pitted top-ranked teams in a key nonleague match last Friday, Laguna was edged, 12-10, by visiting Murrieta Valley, which is No. 1 in Division 2. McConnell had six goals and three steals, Mancusso scored three times, Alkateb scored once and Henrickson had 12 saves.

"The Murrieta Valley game was a great test for our guys," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "We played well all game, but in the end made too many mistakes to beat a team like them. It was not because of lack of effort, our guys really came to play. We learned a lot from that loss and hopefully it helps us through these next couple of weeks."

Laguna takes on Newport Harbor, the fourth-ranked team in Division 1, at 4 p.m. today in Newport Beach. Next week, the Breakers host Costa Mesa at 3:15 Wednesday in league play and travel to face Damien, ranked fourth in Division 3, on Oct. 22.

"Newport Harbor is a great program and always a tremendous challenge for us," Damato said. "We are excited about that opportunity and hope to show well at Newport Friday."

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