CORONA DEL MAR — The Corona del Mar High boys' volleyball team ruined one opponent's prom last Saturday by claiming the CIF Southern Section Division II title.
The Sea Kings wrecked another one. This time, they did so to get a chance to play for another postseason title.
You cannot say host CdM did not accommodate Santa Margarita on Wednesday. The Sea Kings moved the CIF Southern California Regional Division II semifinal a day early because the Eagles had their prom on Thursday, the original date of the match.
The Eagles began to party too early.
Second-seeded CdM bounced back after Coach Steve Conti said his players got off to their worst start to a match this season. But like every Conti coached team, the Sea Kings battled.
For only the second time this year, the Sea Kings went the distance, outlasting third-seeded Santa Margarita, 10-25, 29-27, 26-24, 23-25, 15-12, to reach the program's first regional final. Corona del Mar avenged an earlier loss to Santa Margarita on March 12.