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Sailors to play in final

Newport Harbor advances to title match of Dave Mohs Tournament with strong play and close win over Long Beach Poly.

September 19, 2010

Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball coach Dan Glenn says his team is still trying to find its identity.

That's a scary thought, considering the Sailors are off to a 7-1 start and will play for the Dave Mohs Tournament championship Monday at 7 p.m. at Edison High.

Newport Harbor has won seven straight since dropping its season opener. On Saturday, the Sailors beat four teams to advance to Monday's final, in which they'll play against Sunset League foe Los Alamitos.

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The Tars opened the day with a 25-20, 25-22 victory over Mission Viejo to win their pool at Newport Harbor. Maddy Brown had five kills and Cinnamon Sary had 18 assists.

The Sailors then beat Bakersfield (25-15, 25-21), Orange Lutheran (25-13, 25-20) and Long Beach Poly (25-18, 27-29, 15-13) at Edison.

Glenn enjoyed the quarterfinal victory over Orange Lutheran because the Sailors were on their game, playing with speed and executing with accurate passing. They also served well, Glenn said, and Sary fed the ball to Alex Holbrook and Lauren Demos consistently.

"We're still figuring out who we are," said Glenn, who guided Newport Harbor to a CIF State Division I title and Southern Section Division I-AA championship last year. "We have such a long way to go. The best thing we did today is that we competed. When you lose people like Kirby Burnham, Kelly Heenan, Katey Thompson and Mackenzi Campbell, it's tough. Those are four of the best competitors I've ever had. We knew we would miss their hitting and the way they play, but I didn't know if we could replace their competitiveness."

Glenn said he saw the competitiveness Saturday. Newport avenged its season-opening loss to Poly.

Sarah Buckingham led the Sailors with nine kills against Bakersfield, when Holbrook had seven kills, Brown had five kills, Sary had 21 assists and Tatum Norton added eight digs.

Norton also had eight digs against Orange Lutheran, while Holbrook led with nine kills and Brown had seven kills. Sary had 19 assists and four kills.

Sary had 22 assists in the semifinal win over the Jackrabbits. Holbrook and Brown had nine kills each, while Buckingham had five kills, Norton nine digs and Demos three aces.

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

Dave Mohs Tournament

Corona del Mar was defeated in the quarterfinals by top-seeded Long Beach Poly, 25-15, 25-16, at Edison High Saturday to finish tied for fifth.

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