Newport duo is class of the league

Young and Archie, who won the Sunset League doubles title Thursday, are 42-2 this year for Sailors.

November 05, 2010|By Matt Szabo,
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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.


The opponents in the final at Seal Beach Tennis Center were Sailors too, the No. 2 doubles team of Mindy Wheeler and Megan Bathen.

Want proof that the Sailors, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division II, are deep in doubles? Neither Young and Archie, nor Wheeler and Bathen, dropped a set in league play.

The No. 1 team has been everything Case could have hoped for this year, as Newport Harbor won its third straight league title.

"They're both very competitive, and they always support each other," Case said. "That's huge in doubles. We play a lot of tennis throughout the season, and they consistently show up and get the job done. And they're really supportive teammates. They're so humble."

Both began getting serious about tennis in eighth grade, knowing they wanted to play in high school. The Sailors like to talk about how good their friendships are, and it's clear those friendships have been in formation for years.

Archie said she began playing with Newport seniors Riley Mathies and Alex Aiello, who make up the team's No. 3 doubles team. Her father, Dave, also started playing a lot, so Ricki always has someone to hit with.

"I live near Riley and Alex," Ricki Archie said. "We hit down at the peninsula together. It's really cool, because when they made varsity I wanted to do it too."

Young and her twin sister, Robin, grew up playing soccer and basketball. But the family is good friends with the Bakkilas and Blake, who plays No. 1 singles for Newport Harbor, has always been into tennis.

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