Northwood coach Eric Keith was unsure what Newport Harbor had to challenge the Timberwolves. So he moved his top singles player and doubles team to the No. 3 spots to give them a chance to warm up in the first sets.
That meant the match was 3-3 after one round. But Northwood took control from there, winning all six sets in the second round on its way to defeat Newport Harbor 13-5 at Newport Harbor High School on Wednesday in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
The Timberwolves play Mira Costa on Friday, and Keith said he hopes his squad's expeirence in the tough Pacific Coast League will pay off going forward.
Mira Costa defeated Louisville 16-2 on Wednesday and is ranked No. 6 in this week's CIF-SS Division 1 rankings.
Said Keith: “Most anybody we go up against we can hopefully be competitive with.”Read the rest of this entry »