NEWPORT BEACH, Calif -- Newport Harbor High School Boys Volleyball is on the hunt for the program's first CIF Championship in over 30 years.
The team is looking to appear in a second straight CIF Championship match, but this time they want to win.
The top seeded "Sailors" are already rolling into post-season play with a round one sweep over Palos Verdes.
Newport Harbor’s senior setter, Joe Karlous has a lot to look forward to.
He has a future playing for Pepperdine and with the USA junior national team. But before he graduates Newport Harbor, Joe feels there is unfinished business
He knows it’s about time to raise another banner in the Sailors' gym,
“It’s been the one thing we’ve always wanted to do,” says Joe.
That also goes for the seven other seniors who fell just short in last year’s CIF championship game to Corona Del Mar
Joe acknowledges, “It definitely leaves a bitter taste in our mouths, coming so close to our goal but not getting to finish it.:
That includes Joe’s best friend Dayne Chalmers.
Dayne will play for the University of California Santa Barbara next year, and for the two of them, it’s their final hurrah as Sailors and as best friends playing for the same school.
It won’t be long until the two friends will be on opposite sides of the net in college jerseys.
Newport Harbor lost just once this season, to the same team that beat them in the championship one year ago.
With the sun setting on their high school careers, Joe, Dayne and the rest of the senior class have embarked on their final voyage. And with a bit of luck, the Sailors are hoping to bring home a CIF championship for the first time since 1987.
The Sailors will host San Clemente in the quarterfinals on Saturday.