Kristen Case is quite possibly the most positive person one would ever meet.
The proverbial glass is always half full for the Newport Harbor High boys' and girls' tennis coach.
She wouldn't have it any other way. Neither would the Sailors.
Perhaps more than any other team I've ever covered, this year's Sailors girls' tennis team had so much positive energy behind it. More than that, I saw in the half-dozen or so matches I covered this season how much the team members cared for each other.
A loss in the CIF Southern Section Division II championship match Monday afternoon did nothing to diminish that.
Case was proud of her "beasts," as she calls the players, part of the way she gives them more self-confidence. They were able to smile through the tears, even after losing to San Marino.
"Mama beast," in her fourth year as varsity coach, never growls.