NEWPORT BEACH — One goal down for the Newport Harbor High girls' tennis team, two to go.
That one goal sure felt good to the Sailors on Thursday at their home courts.
The Battle of the Bay turned into more of a massacre early on. Nothing was going to stop Newport Harbor from beating rival Corona del Mar for the first time since 1999.
The Sailors opened up a 12-0 lead after two rounds and cruised, 15-3. Coach Kristen Case said the next two goals in the coming weeks are to win their fourth straight Sunset League title and the CIF Southern Section Division II championship.
Nobody could doubt the determination of Newport Harbor (5-1) in the opening round against CdM. Senior Blake Bakkila, sophomore Natalie Cernius and freshman Annie Radeva all "bageled" their opponents, 6-0. Doubles was only slightly more taxing, as the No. 1 team of senior twins Christina and Robin Young won, 6-2, as did the No. 2 team of senior Mindy Wheeler and junior Megan Bathen.