The top two singles seeds and top two doubles seeds, all from Laguna Beach High, advanced Wednesday from the first day of the two-day Orange Coast League finals tournament.
In singles action at The Tennis Center in Costa Mesa, No. 1 seed Kira Hamilton and second-seeded Ashley Shelton both won two matches in the single-elimination tournament. In doubles play, the No. 1-seeded team of Bailey Jaeger/Natasha Keces, and No. 2-seeded duo of Madeline Loomis/Sarah Nederlander, also won twice.
The Breakers moved on to the semifinals Thursday at The Tennis Center. Results from the semifinal matches, as well as the singles and doubles finals, weren't available at press time.
"These girls played very well and controlled the matches from the start," Laguna Coach Don Davis said. "They all were dominant."
Laguna completed a perfect run through Orange Coast League play Oct. 24 and repeated as league champion when the Breakers defeated host Costa Mesa, 16-2. Hamilton played and won her one set (6-0). Shelton won twice (6-2, 6-2, 6-7, tiebreaker 5-7) at the second singles line, and Ashley Fair swept (6-2, 6-3, 6-0) at No. 3 singles.
The Breakers picked up all nine doubles points as Loomis/Olivia Morrison won (6-2, 6-4, 6-4) at No. 1, Jaeger/Keces (6-1, 6-0) and Iman Berri/Kathleen Kimball (6-1) at No. 2, and the No. 3 team of Stephanie Tat/Malia Helms won 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.
Laguna finished league play with a 10-0 record. The Breakers, ranked third in CIF Southern Section Division 2, are 14-4 overall.
They have won three consecutive league titles under Davis, and lost only 22 of 180 league sets this year.
The Breakers are the league's No. 1 seed in next week's CIF Southern Section Division 2 team playoffs, which begin Wednesday. They will learn the identity of their first-round opponent when the playoff pairings are released Monday.
"All the girls have been playing well as late, so I think that we're very well positioned for our opening [CIF] match," Davis said. "Equally as important, our No. 1 player, Kira Hamilton, is playing some of her best tennis after struggling with several injuries that have kept her out of the lineup. Her injuries aren't 100% healed, but she's managing everything well enough to be back in lineup and in the groove.
"Our No. 2 player, Ashley Shelton, has fully recovered from an early season injury that kept her out of the lineup as well, and she's playing very well. Bailey Jaeger started the season at No. 3 singles, but injuries sidelined her for nearly a month. Fortunately, she's back in the lineup, and she's playing doubles with Natasha Keces.
"Along with the very strong duo of Sarah Nederlander and Madeline Loomis, this gives us two very dominant doubles teams. Yet, I love the depth on our team, and our No. 3 singles player, Ashley Fair, along with our No. 3 doubles team of Stephanie Tat & Malia Helms, gives us strength at every line."
The Breakers captured their ninth consecutive league title, and first under first-year coach Raul Papaleo, when they defeated visiting Calvary Chapel Tuesday , 26-24, 25-18, 25-21, in Orange Coast League play at Dugger Gym.
In a balanced Laguna attack, Aspen Rocha finished with 22 assists, 20 digs and four kills, Sabrina Stillwell 10 kills and nine digs, Cameron Dorn 13 kills, Francie Holte 17 digs, and Sage Patchell had 10 digs.
The Breakers, the third-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1-A, went to 8-0 in league and 17-9 overall. They have won 78-sraight league matches and won a league championship for the 33rd time in 40 years.
"It's always a good feeling to win a league championship," Papaleo said. "It's my first year, and there was a little bit of pressure, as I knew that this program hasn't lost a league match in a long, long time. We still have two matches to go so hopefully, we can take care of business."
Laguna took on Godinez in league play Thursday. The score wasn't available at press time.
The Breakers complete their league and regular seasons Tuesday when they travel for a 4:30 p.m. game at Costa Mesa.