It's the little things that tend to make the difference.
Just ask the Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team which has turned its concentration to the minute areas of its game plan.
Aware that they are moving toward a possible Orange Coast League championship, the Breakers took care of league business Tuesday by scoring a 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 sweep at Saddleback. The win over the Roadrunners (2-4 in league) started the second half of the league schedule for the Breakers, who upped their league mark to 6-0.
Middle blocker Maxx McCarter had eight kills, outside hitter Weston Barnes had eight kills, libero Jake Hexberg had six kills and 14 digs, and setter Grifan Fair had 23 assists.
Laguna, the No. 2-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 2, ran its overall record to 12-6.
"We are focusing on our attention to detail and the small things," Laguna Coach Scott Panaro said. "This can be more mentally challenging than physically. The boys came out focused and established an early lead. This was nice to see as they looked sharp and focused on the finer points of their game."
The Saddleback win followed a 25-16, 25-13, 25-10 Laguna sweep of host Costa Mesa on April 11. McCarter had 11 kills (.846), and outside hitter Lucas Capobianco had nine kills (.429).
The Breakers played Estancia Thursday but the score wasn't available at press time. They have three league contests remaining starting with a 5:30 p.m. road test at Calvary Chapel Tuesday. They also travel Thursday to face Godinez at 5:30 p.m.
Before continuing in OCL competition, Laguna will play host to Dana Hills at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Dugger Gym.
The Dolphins are ranked sixth in Division 1.
"We are looking forward to it," Panaro said of Friday's matchup. "I wanted to schedule tough competition late in the season to help prep for CIF. It will be a great test for us as we have not played a team as good as Dana Hills in a while.
"They are loaded and have lots of firepower, but if we play to our potential we can win. Ultimately, it comes down to us preforming under pressure and capitalizing on our opportunities. I am eager to see how we handle this match. I know our seniors are fired up and ready to battle."
The Breakers split two their two most recent matches.
On Monday at El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel, Laguna fell, 196-239 to host Dana Hills on the par-36 course. The loss left the Breakers 5-10 overall.
In an Orange Coast League match played April 11 at Mesa Linda Golf Course (par 35), Laguna defeated host Costa Mesa, 207-228. Tyler Metez was low medalist at 37.
The Breakers improved to 3-4 in league.
"The guys are working hard and preparing for league individual finals in two weeks," Laguna Coach Scott Finn said.