IRVINE — A short time after guiding his team to a momentous comeback win, Steve Conti was showered with water as he spoke with reporters outside of the Irvine Valley College gym.
Some of Conti's Corona del Mar High boys' volleyball players offered the coach a jacket because it was cold.
"It's OK, don't worry about that," Conti said. The coach wanted to soak it all in.
After coaching his Sea Kings to a 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 victory over Westlake Saturday, it was definitely OK to celebrate. With the win, CdM captured its first CIF Southern California Regional championship. This one came in Division II and featured the Sea Kings' big-time response from a first-set loss.
After CdM lost the first set, Conti told his players to be patient. He showed confidence in them and believed they could come back. He had seen them do it earlier in the week in a regional semifinal win over Santa Margarita win. And he had seen them do it against Laguna Beach last week for the CIF Southern Section Division II championship.