A season-ending loss in any sport is hard to take.
Yet, after Newport Harbor High juniors Christina Young and Ricki Archie fell in the second round of CIF girls' tennis Individuals last year to a team from St. Margaret's, they were at their most motivated.
Coach Kristen Case had nothing but encouragement for Young and Archie.
"I think it really fired us up," Young said. "I remember Kristen told us, 'Look how far you guys got the first year you played together.' She said we could only go up from there. Our goal is just to do better every year. We looked back and saw that it was our first year on varsity and our first year playing together. It was kind of a big deal for us, making it that far."
Young and Archie have only built on that experience in their second year as the Sailors' No. 1 doubles team. They have been rock-solid, accumulating a 42-2 record this year for Newport Harbor, including winning the Sunset League doubles title Thursday.