"I would rather have our [first-round] opponent than their opponent."
Conti said he couldn't control the draw. One thing he can control is having his players prepared.
Last season, the Sea Kings' first year back in Division I, Conti said his team relied on one or two players. The result: CdM lost in the second round at Mater Dei.
The Sea Kings now feature many weapons.
There's UC Santa Barbara-bound outside hitter Weston Nielsen, USC-bound outside hitter Joey Booth, opposite/setter Parker Brown and middle blocker Evan Dean.