RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — The Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball team played inside a gym Tuesday that felt more like a sauna.
The Sailors didn't really have to sweat much out to get past another top-10 CIF Southern Section Division I-AA team.
Even with a makeshift lineup, fifth-ranked Newport Harbor went into eighth-ranked Santa Margarita and recorded a 25-22, 25-13, 25-19 sweep. Coach Dan Glenn applauded his team's effort, which resulted in a second straight set win against a top-10 opponent in six days.
An impressive feat considering that two matches into the season Newport Harbor isn't at full strength. Glenn said USC-bound senior Cinnamon Sary is dealing with arm issues and seniors Alex Holbrook and Claire Castillo are back from knee injuries.
The Sailors are still playing at a high level. They have gone on the road and defeated two of the past three section champions, Long Beach Poly and Santa Margarita.