NEWPORT BEACH — One Sunset League champion stayed in the hunt to repeat while the other did not Tuesday night.
Coach Dan Glenn said his Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball team is now playing for second place in league.
The Sailors split the crown with Los Alamitos last season. Now, they are just splitting hairs.
The Sailors dropped their second straight home league match, all but ending their title hopes. The Griffins won, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, and remained tied for first place in league with Edison.
Glenn, in his 25th year at Newport Harbor, looked and sounded disappointed with the outcome. As the Griffins (23-5, 6-1 in league), ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA celebrated on the Sailors' gym, Glenn did not allow his players to leave the court until the visitors wrapped up their post-match party.
"Right here!" Glenn said to his players before leading them into a dark room, where turning the lights on proved to be an issue.