Consistency has been a struggle at times for the Sea Kings. But Conti said he at least felt better after Monday’s loss than he did Friday, after the pool-play defeats at the hands of Huntington Beach and Mater Dei.
“The way that we went home Friday night, it wasn’t just that we lost,” Conti said. “It was that we didn’t play with any heart or any fight. Today, we maybe didn’t get the victory, but I’ll sleep well knowing our kids played with a lot of heart and a lot of fight. Hopefully this will allow us to take another step in a positive direction to have us improve as a team.”
Nielsen, the team captain, said he thinks that will come.
“At a couple of points in this tournament, we all just clicked at the same time and kind of figured each other out,” he said. “I think when we all come together and we’re on our game, we can really beat a good team. We can beat anybody.