Newport goes the distance, falls in 5

Girls’ Volleyball

Newport Harbor can't hold on to 2-1 lead in games against No. 2-ranked team in Division I, losing on road.

November 26, 2011|By Matt Szabo

LOS ANGELES — Coach Dan Glenn said his Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball team played some of its best volleyball of the year Saturday night.

He said Newport needed to pass well, play defense well and serve tough to have a chance in the CIF State Division I Southern California regional semifinal match.

In Glenn's estimation, his team did all three. No. 2-seeded host Los Angeles Marymount still blocked any dreams of No. 6-seeded Newport Harbor pulling its second straight upset on the road.


They were big, thunderous blocks in the fifth set that helped Marymount escape with a 25-22, 21-25, 13-25, 26-24, 15-8 victory, ending Newport Harbor's season.

A team named the Sailors was guaranteed to advance to the SoCal final. Marymount (32-4), the CIF Southern Section Division I-A champion, made sure it moved on and sent Newport Harbor (26-10) packing.

The blocks in the fifth set shifted momentum. Six-foot-three freshman Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani and 5-11 junior Chyna Perkins combined for two of them. The first one broke a 5-5 tie. The second one gave Marymount a 9-6 lead.

After Katie Edwards and Lauren Greskovics-Fuller combined for a block of their own, it was 13-7. Cinnamon Sary's kill brought Newport a bit closer, but Edwards' team-high 21st kill of the match gave Marymount its first match point. Marymount converted it on a service ace down the middle by Lanti Moye-McLaren.

"They played some good volleyball at the end," Glenn said. "We looked like we got a little tired at the end, but that was that momentum thing, and they did a nice job with that.

"We really don't try to fool anybody on what we're doing. It's just like, 'Hey, the ball's going here. Try to stop us.' And they did a good job of stopping us."

The USC-bound Sary still shined, as she had a match-high 29 kills. Sophomore middle blocker Carolyn Bockrath added eight kills, and seniors Kasey Thompson (three service aces) and Allison Schelin had six kills each.

Junior setter Torey Thompson had 46 assists, and senior libero Tatum Norton had 22 digs.

Sary helped Newport Harbor to a 2-1 set lead as it appeared Marymount was wilting. Behind strong serving from Schelin during an 8-0 spurt, Newport Harbor won the third set going away and appeared to have the momentum.

Marymount Coach Cari Klein said she saw her team all but concede the third set at the end and focus on the fourth set. Marymount also fell behind 9-4 in the fourth set, but began to rally behind more big blocks from Edwards.

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