CORONA DEL MAR — Last year, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team had to travel to Riverside for its CIF Southern Section Division II quarterfinal match against King.
This year the Sea Kings won the coin flip. They still had to play a team from Riverside in the quarterfinals, Riverside Poly, but the match was at home.
For the Sea Kings' eight seniors, Saturday's contest was the last possible home match of the season.
They made it count.
CdM cruised into the Division II semifinals after topping Poly, 18-8, behind a five-goal effort from senior two-meter man Ben Zepfel.
"We played four years here and this was our last game," said senior Ari Marks, who scored three goals Saturday. "We were going to give it all we have and try to make that final statement in the last game in our pool. That was a little bit of motivation."