NEWPORT BEACH — In practice Wednesday, Corona del Mar High senior Weston Nielsen said his team only really practiced its team cheers. Before the match Friday at Newport Harbor High, Nielsen made sure the mood stayed light when he came into the room with a black Sharpie.
"You could tell our group was a little more wild," said Nielsen, who is headed to UC Santa Barbara. "We had some characters. I think we had more fun with it ... [Laguna Beach's] Scottie Chapel has been growing the most glorious mustache for his brother's wedding. So I walked in with a Sharpie and made everybody 'mustache up' before the game to kind of lighten the mood."
Nielsen's South squad, mustaches intact, took the tight match Friday night at the 33rd annual Dave Mohs Memorial Orange County High School Volleyball All-Star Game. The South, which also featured CdM's Joey Booth (USC), won by a 25-23, 14-25, 15-10 score.