CYPRESS — Out of all nine CIF Southern Section boys' volleyball title appearances with Corona del Mar High, the latest one stressed out Coach Steve Conti. At first, he did not know why.
When a reporter joked if he felt stressed Saturday because it was supposed to be the end of the world, Conti just grinned. No, it had nothing to with such shenanigans.
All of Conti's stress was because the Sea Kings were supposed to win Division II. Not just win, but sweep Laguna Beach.
Who cared if the Breakers were the defending champions?
"I think it was that we had already beaten this team twice," said Conti, whose Sea Kings did more than just beat the Breakers, they swept them each time in the regular season.
"People thought it was just going to be an easy win for us and that's just not the mindset I wanted my team to have. It concerned me that they were going to be hearing about what other people kind of felt what was going to happen in this match."