“The kids like [the Battle of the Bay] so much,” said Ricker, whose team is ranked No. 9 in CIF Southern Section Division I. “They were so excited to go over there. From match to match, it’s hard to create that level of excitement.”
There was plenty of energy in singles for CdM (4-2). Junior Ryan Peyton, the Sea Kings’ No. 1 singles player, swept at love. Senior Chris Damion also swept, dropping just three games. Sophomore Shane Korber won twice at No. 2 singles and junior David Fink substituted in for a win.
Newport Harbor Coach Kristin Case said the Sailors were dealing with several injuries, but that did not discount CdM’s victory.
Junior Erik Heimstaedt (sprained wrist), sophomore Tracy Bebli (sprained knee) and junior Daniel Lee (injured wrist) have been battling injuries.
In doubles, Newport Harbor’s No. 1 duo of seniors Daron Arnold and Cameron Chase won twice, while the No. 3 tandem of sophomores Craig McKennon and Gregg Brostek earned one win.
CdM plays host to Woodbridge today at 3 p.m. Newport Harbor will play at home against Sage Hill Thursday at 3 p.m.
Sage Hill 12, Laguna Beach 6
LAGUNA BEACH — Sophomore Andrew Kurzweil swept at No. 3 singles to help the Lightning earn a key nonleague win Tuesday.
Sage Hill (5-3) is ranked No. 7 in CIF Division IV, while the Breakers are ranked No. 4. Senior Troy Astorino and junior Alex Koeberle each won twice in singles.
Senior Greg Berchtold and freshman Alex Manolakas won twice in doubles, as did seniors Kevin Wang and Andrew Yun.
Costa Mesa def. Sage Hill
COSTA MESA — Senior Ryan Thompson had eight kills, three blocks and one ace to help the Mustangs win the nonleague match, 25-16, 25-21, 25-10, Tuesday.