CORONA DEL MAR — The game was delayed for about 50 minutes as both teams waited for a referee to drive down from Santa Barbara.
It was delayed further when the timing console stopped working at halftime.
The Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team just waited. Nothing was going to slow the Sea Kings down in the CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinal match.
They proved it in the water, jumping on visiting Santa Barbara early and cruising to a 10-5 victory in a game played in a steady rain.
"We visualized so much, even during the extended warm-up," junior center Diana Murphy said. "By the time we were in the game, it was all muscle memory. We've been literally visualizing since the morning. We've been thinking about this game all day long."
No. 3-seeded Corona del Mar moves on to play No. 7 Foothill in a Division I semifinal Wednesday night at Irvine's Woollett Aquatics Center. Foothill stunned No. 2-seeded Los Alamitos in overtime, 11-10, in another quarterfinal game.