Corona del Mar High faced a test during each set in the Battle of the Bay girls' volleyball match Friday night.
The Sea Kings trailed rival Newport Harbor in each set, and each time they responded. CdM Coach Darryl Gan admired the determination his girls showed when earning an impressive sweep that was the Sea Kings' first win over the Sailors in six years.
He wants them to use that type of character and carry their momentum into the playoffs to knock off another team that has been a nemesis recently in a possible semifinal matchup of the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs.
CdM (19-6), the Pacific Coast League champion, earned the No. 3 seed when pairings were released Sunday. The Sea Kings open at home tonight at 7 against Immaculate Heart (16-7), a Sunshine League team from Los Angeles that grabbed an at-large berth.
Newport Harbor (20-11), which finished second in the Sunset League, is the No. 4 seed in Division I-AA. The Sailors will play host to Dana Hills (16-9), the South Coast League's No. 3 representative, tonight.