LOS ALAMITOS — Behind the Newport Harbor High bench, trainers worked on the right knee of its best player.
While Alex Holbrook lay on a table, Coach Dan Glenn took a knee in front of his bench and followed the action. What he saw was that the Sailors were in a vulnerable position in a Sunset League showdown at rival Los Alamitos Thursday.
They lost Holbrook after she landed awkwardly on her right leg in the second set of the first meeting between two programs that shared the league title last season. The Sailors were on their way to dropping the third set when someone carried Holbrook out of the gym.
Glenn said the 6-foot junior middle blocker was going to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. On the court, Newport Harbor was in a crisis.
The Griffins did not close things out.
Newport Harbor rallied after facing an eight-point deficit in the fourth set, forcing a decisive fifth set. The Sailors not only shocked themselves, but Los Alamitos, coming from behind to win, 25-22, 15-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-9, and stay undefeated in league play.