CdM still owns Back Bay

Girls' Volleyball

Sea Kings win Battle of the Bay for third straight year. Newport Harbor loses senior OH Tristen Thompson to knee injury.

September 29, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High players celebrate after defeating Newport Harbor in four games in the Battle of the Bay.
Corona del Mar High players celebrate after defeating… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — The Corona del Mar High girls' volleyball team won the Battle of the Bay for the third straight year Saturday night.

After the match, players from both teams had a bit heavier hearts than usual.

The Sailors lost senior outside hitter Tristen Thompson to a left knee injury late in the second set. The Sea Kings rallied for a 13-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 victory, but it was obvious Thompson's injury hit close to home for players on both side of the bay, especially those who play club volleyball with Thompson at Orange County Volleyball Club.

With CdM up, 24-23, in the second set, the match had to be stopped for 20 minutes. Thompson, a team captain, was taken off in a stretcher after she collapsed near the net.

At the time, she was leading Newport Harbor with 11 kills.

"She came down and her leg was locked," Sailors Coach Dan Glenn said. "Her kneecap popped out."


Both teams had to regroup.

"That was a bummer," said CdM senior opposite Shannon Griffin, who plays club with Thompson. "I mean, that hurt us too, but we had to shake that off and Harbor had to shake that off. We came back, and Coach [Marissa Booker] just said, 'You guys, this game's not over, you still have to come out hard.' We nailed a pass and gave it to Hayley [Hodson], and she just ripped it. We can count on her to do that, so that was awesome."

Hodson's kill meant the match was suddenly even at one set apiece. She had plenty more where that came from.

The sophomore outside hitter ripped a match-high 27 kills. Fourteen of those came in the final set, as senior setter Kelsey Humphreys kept feeding the hot player. CdM led that fourth set, 18-12, before Newport Harbor began to rally.

Senior setter Torey Thompson, who had to somehow focus and keep playing when her sister went down, made big plays for the Sailors (11-5), ranked No. 7 in CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA. She earned a kill on a dump then served up an ace, tying the score at 22-22.

Both teams traded service errors, but then Hodson's kill gave Corona del Mar (8-4), ranked No. 2 in Division 1-AA, its first match point. The Sea Kings converted it when a Newport Harbor hit sailed long.

"I had a lot of adrenaline pumping through my body," Hodson said. "I just love this sport so much; it's so fun.

"Who wants to go to a fifth game?" she added with a smile. "It's too nerve-wracking. We wanted to finish in four."

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