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Girls' Volleyball: Sailors miss opportunity against HB

Newport Harbor loses in four sets at home to Huntington Beach in key Sunset League match.

October 22, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Newport Harbor High's Logan Grove (3) spikes the ball against Huntington Beach in a Sunset League match on Tuesday.
Newport Harbor High's Logan Grove (3) spikes the… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

In 28 years as a coach, Dan Glenn can count on three fingers the number of times he has received a red card during a Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball match.

Glenn earned the third one on Tuesday in a crucial Sunset League match against Huntington Beach. He let his emotions get the best of him shortly after the head referee gave him a yellow card in the third set.

The yellow card warned Glenn to settle down after he argued that a ball went out. The red card gave the Oilers a point and forced an animated Glenn to coach from his chair.

From his seat, Glenn watched his Sailors fall out of first place in league, as Huntington Beach won, 23-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-21, on the road.

"This is a tough loss," said Glenn, whose team went into the evening in a first-place tie with Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos. "That second set, I thought we had some chances and we let that one slip away a little bit. Me losing my cool and getting a red card doesn't help, because now I can't get off the bench and kind of help [my team] out a little bit. That's my fault. I've kind of been doing this too long for that to happen."

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Craig Pazanti, Huntington Beach's coach, said he never saw Glenn get red carded. With Glenn forced to sit the rest of the way, the Oilers might have held an advantage.

Much like Pazanti, Glenn likes to be up and moving around.

"Maybe it had an effect, maybe it didn't," Pazanti said. "Bottom line it comes down to the girls on the court."

Pazanti's girls topped the Sailors for the second time this year in league. The latest matchup went shorter than the first meeting in which the Oilers triumphed at home in five sets.

Glenn called the match at Newport Harbor one the Sailors needed to win. They begin the second part of league play behind Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos, which are both 5-1.

The Sailors (7-14, 4-2 in league) have beaten Los Alamitos, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA poll, already. They will need to knock off the Griffins on the road on Oct. 31 for a shot to move back into first place and have Los Alamitos defeat the Oilers on the road that same week.

Glenn isn't looking that far ahead. His team has a challenge at Edison on Thursday. When the two teams played at Newport Harbor on Oct. 8, Glenn said the Sailors were fortunate to prevail in five sets.

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