NEWPORT BEACH — Nobody needs extra motivation before the Battle of the Bay girls' volleyball match.
But when Newport Harbor High ran onto its home court Saturday night in blue T-shirts that said "We run this town" in white letters, rival Corona del Mar definitely noticed.
"We don't look at their shirts like, 'Oh, they think they're going to beat us,'" CdM senior libero Mary McKennon said. "We look at their shirts like they want to fight us. It's going to be a big battle no matter what … [but] it definitely fired us up."
Jay-Z's accompanying hip-hop song played in the background as the teams warmed up. During the hook of the song, Rihanna asks, "Who's gonna run this town tonight?"
It wasn't the Sailors.
Corona del Mar rallied to win the rivalry match for the second straight year, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19, in front of a packed house.