IRVINE — The Corona del Mar High boys' volleyball team traveled to Irvine for all of its away league matches this year, and Coach Steve Conti said at some point his Sea Kings got stagnant.
Sure, they were beating down their Pacific Coast League foes, but Conti didn't see CdM playing its best volleyball.
CdM returned to Irvine on Saturday for the last match of a magical run, and again the Sea Kings weren't clicking at the start of the match.
No one on the CdM bench was worried this time. The world "rally" itself could have been the Sea Kings' rallying cry, and they had one more in store at Irvine Valley College.
They saved one of their most impressive wins for last and beat Westlake, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20, for the program's first CIF Southern California Regional Division II title.
The win was emotional for the Sea Kings in front of at least 1,000 of their supporters. Senior Brennan Anderson clutched the CIF championship plaque tight to his chest after the victory, making sure no one could take it away.