Most high school girls’ volleyball teams have one or two captains, maybe three. Three can be excessive in a sport with six players on each side of the court separated by a net.
At Newport Harbor, there are four captains. The Sailors have enough “C’s” for a computer geek to develop software.
The high number of captains is a first for Coach Dan Glenn, who’s in his 24th year at the school.
The total can confuse officials at matches. When introducing themselves to the Sailors’ captains, they meet middle blocker Katey Thompson, outside hitter Kirby Burnham, libero Kelly Heenan and setter Mackenzi Campbell.
“It’s kind of funny at coin tosses and stuff when you bring two-thirds of your team out there,” Glenn said. “They switch off on coin tosses, so if you lose the coin toss, then you’re no longer calling the toss until it comes back around to you.”