Morgan Boukather walked off the volleyball court with her Corona del Mar High teammates the same way she had the previous two years.
The season ended with another tough loss to Redlands East Valley. The past two times the Wildcats bounced the Sea Kings out of the CIF State Division II Regional playoffs.
It ended much earlier this time around for the Sea Kings, falling in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs. The prior two setbacks against the Wildcats, Boukather always had next year to get revenge.
The fifth straight postseason loss to the Wildcats stung Boukather the most. When she left the gym at Redlands East Valley last month after losing in four sets, Boukather knew next year did not exist.
Boukather's time was up at CdM.
"The bus ride home was not fun," said Boukather as it sunk in during the 64-mile trip that she will graduate from CdM without having beat Redlands East Valley in the playoffs.