COSTA MESA – The Estancia High girls' volleyball team opened the season by losing the first two games against Segerstrom Tuesday.
But the Eagles used the energy they had attained from rigorous offseason training to rally for a 19-25, 16-25, 25-13, 25-21, 15-13 nonleague win at home.
Lauren Peterson led Estancia with nine kills. Eileen Umansky also contributed to the big win, recording 19 digs.
"The girls played great," Estancia Coach Paul Muñoz said. "This year they had to learn to work as a team. It's really important that they work together. After they were down two games, I think they really learned to play with energy."
Muñoz said the training also dealt with the mental preparation.
"That played a huge factor tonight," he said. "They really pulled it together. I think in a match like that last year, they get swept, but this year they didn't let down at all. They had a little bit more fun in the game. They stepped up. It was totally awesome."
Estancia plays at Tustin Thursday.
Sage Hill 16, JSerra 2
NEWPORT BEACH — Liana Korber, Kim Bick and Amira Tarsadi swept in singles for the Lightning in their season opener Tuesday at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
Katie Bick and Rian Billingsley swept in doubles, as did Ava Soleimany and Casey Astorino.
Sage Hill will play host to the Lightning Invitational this weekend. The invitational includes Newport Harbor, Tesoro, Santa Ynez and Cerritos.
Sage Hill 252, Saddleback Valley Christian 298
IRVINE — Sage Hill's Erin Huang shot eight-over-par 44 to share co-medalist honors with SVC's Cailey Gino in the Academy League match at Strawberry Farms Golf Course Tuesday.
Sage Hill improved to 1-1.
NEWPORT BEACH — Senior captain Allie Pantoskey scored two goals for Newport Harbor in its 4-1 win against Bonita High at Davidson Field Tuesday.
Senior captains Courtney McIntosh and Sophia Evans scored a goal each, while Annie Pyle and Alex Chandler provided assists.
The Sailors open the season at Harvard-Westlake Thursday.