Top-ranked Newport Harbor stumbled last week against Palos Verdes Peninsula, but the Sailors appear to be back on track after a convincing 12-6 girls' tennis victory over Sea View League rival Woodbridge Thursday.
The visiting Warriors thought they spotted a weakness in Newport Harbor's doubles teams, which lost all nine sets to Peninsula. So Woodbridge Coach Ric Barth moved his second- and third-best singles players, Adriana Hockicko and Elizabeth Exon, into doubles.
But the strategy backfired as Newport Harbor won five doubles points, three by the No. 1 team of Kristen Case and Jenny Meyer. With Hockicko and Exon in doubles, the Warriors' No. 1 singles player, Susanna Lingman, was given an ultimatum, sweep or else.
Lingman appeared to be on her way to a sweep as she led Sailor No. 1 Natalie Braverman, 4-2, in the first round. But Lingman's serve deserted her and Braverman picked up her game, winning the last four games to take the set, 6-4. The set turned what would have been a 3-3 match score into a 4-2 Newport Harbor lead.