It's only two games into its Orange Coast League schedule, but the Laguna Beach High girls' volleyball team is two games closer to repeating as league champion.
The Breakers ran their league record to 2-0 and won their 11th match of the 2013 season Tuesday by sweeping visiting Estancia, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19, at Dugger Gym. The victory put the Breakers, ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division 1-A, at 11-9 overall.
Sabrina Stillwell had a match-high 12 kills. Samantha Kruger had six kills and 11 digs, Francie Holte 21 digs, and Aspen Rocha 23 assists for the Breakers.
Estancia slipped to 1-1 in league.
"I thought we played very well," Laguna Coach Raul Papaleo said. "We put a lot of different lineups on the court and we played hard and consistent, which was a good thing. Estancia's a good team, one of the best in our league, I believe, and we had to be careful how we rotated the girls. They did a great job, though, and were digging a lot of balls."
With the wins against Saddleback and Estancia, Laguna increased its streak to 72 consecutive victories in league play dating to 2005. The Breakers, who are seeking their ninth-straight league title (eighth in the OCL), has 99-straight set victories dating to the 2009 season.
The school record for consecutive league match victories is 105 (1988-99).
The Breakers haven't lost a match in the OCL, which is in its eighth year.
Estancia fell to 1-1 in league.
Laguna started its league schedule Oct. 3 against Saddleback and took a 25-8, 25-15, 25-14 from the visiting Roadrunners. Kelsey Paul had a team-high 11 kills, Rocha six kills and nice aces, Brooke Borges 11 digs, and Charlotte Rubel and Emily Dworakowski 13 and nine assists, respectively.
Laguna played a league match Thursday at Calvary Chapel. The score wasn't available at press time.
On Friday, the girls' volleyball program will hold its annual alumni match at Dugger Gym. Papaleo said the Laguna frosh/soph and junior varsity teams will blend together to make two teams, and then face each other in an opening match (best of three) at 5:30 p.m. The varsity team will take on the alumni following the frosh/soph-JV match.
Papaleo will coach the varsity team and said Concordia University men's volleyball coach, Shawn Patchell, whose daughter, Sage, is a sophomore outside hitter on the Laguna varsity team, will coach the alumni team.
The Breakers have two league matches scheduled next week starting with a 4:30 p.m. game Monday at Godinez. They play host to Costa Mesa at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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The Breakers opened Orange Coast League play Wednesday and scored a 19-7 victory at Saddleback.
Aki Andersen, Cade Baldridge and Henry White each scored three goals and goalie Garrett Hartley had eight saves and five steals for the defending league champs, who are tied with Goleta Dos Pueblos at No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 rankings.
"The guys played well, had fun, and everyone played," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said.
Prior to taking on Saddleback, Laguna played a key, nonleague match Tuesday at Foothill. In a battle between two top-five CIF Southern Section Division 2 teams, the then-No. 5 Breakers were edged, 8-7, by the fourth-ranked Knights.