Elissia Schilling listened to her father, John, on the car ride just more than two weeks ago.
In her first year starting at center, Elissia was averaging about a goal per game for the Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team. John believed his daughter could do more.
"He's always pushing me, which is a great thing," Elissia Schilling said. "We were driving up to Santa Barbara and talking in the car. I remember he was like, 'This is going to be your tournament. I can feel it.'"
Little more than a stone's throw from where he played basketball at UC Santa Barbara, John watched his words come true. His daughter scored nine goals in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, including the game-winner in overtime against Laguna Beach. She was on the all-tournament team, helping the Sailors finish a strong second despite being seeded fourth.
Maybe something was unleashed up there off Highway 101. Now, it seems like nobody can stop "Schil."