I-A eliminations, absorbed a first-game loss to Newhall-based Hart,
10-15, then rallied to win three straight, 15-9, 15-7, 15-12, in the
second round at Newport Harbor.
Harbor, three-time defending CIF champions and two-time defending
State Division I winners, will face longtime rival and third-seeded
Huntington Beach on the road Saturday in the quarterfinals.
"We beat (the Oilers) two straight at the Orange County Championships,
but then they beat us three straight here (in a nonleague match)," Harbor
Coach Dan Glenn said. "They're a very good team, and they beat (Sea View
champion) Irvine this year."
Getting by Hart's Indians (19-5), though, wasn't easy for the Sailors
with 26 hitting errors.
"They kind of hung in there the whole time," Glenn said of the
Foothill League champion Indians, "but we made a lot of hitting errors."
Newport senior outside hitter Taylor Govaars, headed for Delaware, led
the way with 20 kills and 10 digs, while freshman Alyson Jennings (17
digs and 11 kills) and senior Lauren Bald (18 digs) played solid defense.
Jennings and Kristin McClune, a 6-foot-2 sophomore middle blocker who
added 10 kills for Newport, were consistent hitting threats.
In the second game and leading, 11-9, the Tars tied the match, 1-1,
with four unanswered points. Liz Lord (nine kills and six digs) and Colby
George combined on a block and a Hart hitting error gave the Tars their
Newport jumped out to leads of 8-0 and 12-2 in the third game, before
holding on. Hart cut the deficit to 13-7 before losing.
In the fourth game, Harbor managed a fast 7-2 lead, mostly on Hart
mistakes. But Coach Shannon Martin's squad, which starts six seniors,
came back and tied the game three times, the last at 11-all.
With Heather Cullen at the service line, Harbor rolled off four
straight points for a 14-11 edge. George capped the match with a service
"It was a tough match," Martin said. "Newport Harbor's just a tough