Sailors defeated in three

Former Newport Harbor assistant finally gets best of Sailors, and head man Glenn to win tourney.

March 21, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
  • Newport Harbor High's Kevin Rakestraw taps it over Santa Margarita's Taylor Hammond during the OC Championships volleyball tournament at Edison High.
Newport Harbor High's Kevin Rakestraw taps it over… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Dan Glenn and Bryan Cottriel used to win a lot together at Newport Harbor High. Glenn was in charge of the boys' and girls' volleyball programs and Cottriel was his assistant.

Glenn is still with the Sailors and Cottriel left five years ago to become a varsity head coach at another school. Before this season, none of Cottriel's teams had beaten a Glenn-coached team.

The two met on the court Monday night for the second time in a seven-day span. Cottriel got over on his mentor again.

It took three sets for Santa Margarita to defeat the Sailors last week to give Cottriel his first victory against Glenn. Three sets are all the Eagles needed to knock off Newport Harbor in the Orange County Championships boys' gold division final.

The Eagles won the best-of-three format, 25-12, 23-25, 15-11, at Edison High. They almost swept Newport Harbor, just as in last week's nonleague match.


Being under Glenn for 10 years, Cottriel knew the Sailors would fight back. Newport Harbor (8-5) forced a decisive third set after it kept feeding the ball to outside hitter Cody Caldwell.

The 6-foot-6 senior finished with a match-high 15 kills and kept the Sailors in the third set. Twice Caldwell tied things up with shots, the last time at 7-7, but the much bigger and more talented Eagles scored eight of the last 12 points to win the tournament title.

There was no denying Santa Margarita (14-2), ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches' poll. The last time the Eagles were in a tournament finale, they lost to top-ranked Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the Best of the West in Poway.

Glenn said Mira Costa and Santa Margarita are a step better than everyone else in the division. He is not counting his Sailors out. It is too early.

"I think we got the biggest growth curve," Glenn said. "We can improve more than anybody else. Hopefully, we'll continue to get better."

The Sailors will have to improve fast if they want to compete with the premier programs. They hit the road to face Laguna Beach, ranked No. 2 in Division II, on Thursday and Mira Costa on Friday.

The experience against the upper-echelon programs will only bode well for Newport Harbor when it comes to the playoffs.

"I got some guys who have played in big matches and other guys who haven't," Glenn said.

That was evident in the opening set against Santa Margarita. Before everyone in the gym could sit down, Newport Harbor trailed, 5-0.

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