REDLANDS — Corona del Mar High and Redlands East Valley usually meet for all the marbles on the court. They have played for a CIF Southern Section girls' volleyball championship the previous two seasons.
This time, the programs faced each other in a Division I-A semifinal match on Tuesday. Different round, yet same outcome.
The Sea Kings cannot seem to beat the Wildcats in the postseason. They avoided a sweep on the road, but seconded-seeded Redlands East Valley won, 25-20, 25-21, 26-28, 25-21, making it five straight playoff victories against third-seeded CdM.
Redlands East Valley (29-4) advances to its fourth straight section finale, while CdM (24-8) misses its third consecutive final appearance.
"Obviously, we're a little bit disappointed that we're not back in the finals," CdM Coach Darryl Gan said. "Again, you've got to hand it to [the Wildcats]. When they have their backs against the wall, they have a tendency to play harder."