PLACENTIA — The Newport Harbor High girls' tennis team is not allowing its No. 1 seeding, some nagging injuries, nor its lack of CIF Southern Section championship history to serve as a distraction as it steams toward the culmination of a season that has, thus far, been storybook. But the Sailors gave new meaning to the term single-minded focus in their 16-2 victory at Valencia on Tuesday in the CIF Division II quarterfinals.
Coach Kristin Case's Tars (20-2), who have relied heavily on their strong doubles lineup all fall, won all nine singles sets to dominate the Tigers (16-4).
The win propelled the three-time-defending Sunset League champions into Thursday's semifinals against Arcadia, which won at No. 4-seeded Diamond Bar, 11-7, Tuesday. Thursday's clash, a rematch of a second-round playoff match won by Arcadia last season, is at 2 p.m. at Newport Harbor.