The Sea Kings expect to win in league. They have not dropped a league match in six years.
As Conti said CdM wrapped up its 12th league title in the last 13 seasons under him, he looked ahead. Two regular-season matches at home remain — Beckman on Thursday and Newport Harbor on Friday.
Both are huge for CdM (23-4, 9-0 in league), which is ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division II coaches' poll, and for different reasons.
The Sea Kings are trying to close out league play perfect and then claim the Battle of the Bay the following day.
"That may be a difficult thing," Conti said of keeping his players focused on Beckman before competing in the annual rivalry match with Newport Harbor. "Beckman is the only team so far that's taken a [set] off us in league. Even the first two [sets] against Beckman that we won were all deuce [sets]. I don't think we've played our best volleyball against Beckman. I think these guys want to be able to hopefully come out and play a little bit better.
"We've got two days to get ready for two teams. Hopefully, our guys aren't looking ahead toward Harbor [and] we take care of business Thursday night."
If CdM knocks off Beckman, Conti believes his team will lock up the top seed in the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.
The release of the playoff pairings is Sunday. The Sea Kings have a lot of work to do before making a run at winning their first section title since 2007.
Conti wants his players to be playing good, competitive volleyball around this time of the year. Playing at a high level is vital heading into the playoffs.
Against University, which is winless in league, the Sea Kings at times looked rusty.