The Newport Harbor High tennis program won the inaugural World Team Tennis Pacific Challenge high school tournament Saturday at The Tennis Club Newport Beach, beating Sage Hill, 37-21, in the final.
In high school WTT competition each match consists of eight no-ad sets, starting with one set each of boys' and girls' doubles, going to two boys' and girls' singles sets and finishing with two mixed doubles sets. Total number of games won determines who advances.
Newport Harbor also beat Mater Dei and Tesoro to make the final. Once there, the Sailors took a three-game lead after doubles thanks to a 5-1 girls' doubles victory by Blake Bakkila and Ricki Archie. Newport also won both girls' singles sets, as Bakkila and Natalie Cernius each won, building on a 19-10 lead. Sage's Andrew Kurzweil edged Jason Cernius, 5-4, in boys' singles, but Newport's Troy Arnold won 5-0 at No. 2 boys' singles to give the Sailors an insurmountable lead.