NEWPORT BEACH >> The Newport Harbor boys volleyball crew clinched the Surf League championship Thursday with a victory over rival Corona del Mar, 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14, in a “Battle of the Bay” match at Corona del Mar Excessive College.
The Sailors (21-5, 5-0) received each of their league matches this season towards the Sea Kings (14-5, 2-2) in 4 units.
The Sailors, who’re ranked No. 3 within the CIF-SS Division 1/2 ballot, have one league match remaining towards Laguna Seaside. The No. 5 Sea Kings end their league schedule towards Laguna Seaside and Huntington Seaside.
“You never know going in, how it could go,” Newport Harbor coach Eric Vallely stated. “The crowd gets involved one way or another and one team gets enough momentum … it’s always interesting.”
The Sailors have been led by UCLA signee Luca Curci, who had 15 kills and served two aces, and Pepperdine signee James Eadie, who had 11 kills and 4 blocks.
Riggs Man and Jake Learn chipped in with 12 and 9 kills, respectively.
“That is one of the cool things about our team is the balance of the offense,” Vallely stated
Newport Harbor saved the Sea Kings scholar part from being a lot of an element by profitable the primary two units.
The Sea Kings fell behind by 5 factors early within the first set however fought their method again and took a two-point lead late within the set. The Sailors scored the ultimate two factors on a block from Lucas Johnson and a kill by Curci.
Newport Harbor opened the second set with a 9-3 run and led 24-13 when the Sea Kings made a quick run earlier than Learn’s kill ended the set and put the Sailors forward 2-0.
Corona del Mar received a detailed third set, profiting from the Sailors’ hitting errors and getting robust kills from Jake Olsen and Sterling Foley.
The Sailors closed the fourth set with a 12-6 run to win the match.
Sterling Foley led the Sea Kings with 14 kills and George Bruening had eight kills and 7 blocks.
“Honestly, whenever you play in a ‘Battle of the Bay’ match, it’s all about who comes out and is ready,” Sea Kings coach Katey Thompson stated. “First set, we came out ready. In the second set, that’s when I think we started to second-guess ourselves a lot. We got hit and staggered getting up.”
Earlier than the match started, Corona del Mar honored the reminiscence of former Sea Kings volleyball and basketball standout Matt Olson, who was killed in a automobile accident on the 110 freeway in Los Angeles on Aug. 24, 2019.
Olson’s mother and father participated within the pregame ceremony and the Sea Kings wore matching white T-shirts with Olson’s identify and No. 23 on the again.
“Wherever he went, he was always respected,” former Sea Kings coach Steve Conti stated. “He made connections with students everywhere he went.”