NEWPORT BEACH — Newport Harbor High held its back-to-school night on Monday, and senior Blake Bakkila was supposed to be in attendance.
Bakkila is the editor-in-chief of the Newport Harbor school newspaper, The Beacon.
"We were just supposed to hand out fliers," Bakkila said. "I just have to prioritize, especially in the fall."
She could be excused from the back-to-school night, though she and the Sailors were involved in quite a test a couple of miles down Pacific Coast Highway at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
Bakkila made sure Newport Harbor passed, sweeping in singles as Newport Harbor earned a 13-5 nonleague victory against Sage Hill.
The match was closer than the final score might indicate. It was tied, 3-3, after a round, and Sailors Coach Kristen Case didn't necessarily see that as a bad thing.
"For us, it has been pretty smooth sailing with our matches up until this point," Case said. "We've had a 16-2, a couple 17-1s, a 15-3. It was nice to get tested a bit. I like to tell them that you really don't know how good you are until you're called to rise to the occasion, and Sage called them to rise today. I think Sage played great, but our girls are just so tough. That's one thing I really love about this team, their fight. They were not going to give this match away."