Five is the maximum amount of times the Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high school girls' water polo teams can meet in a season.
The Sea Kings and Sailors have already met this year in the Battle of the Bay, the Holiday Cup third-place game and the championship games of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions and Irvine Southern California Championships.
That's four. The fifth game could be on the biggest stage of all, for the CIF Southern Section Division I championship.
CdM (25-2) is the top seed in Division I playoffs, and Newport Harbor is seeded No. 2. The Pacific Coast League champion Sea Kings begin their title quest at home on Wednesday, when they'll face the winner of Tuesday's wild-card match between Villa Park and Huntington Beach. Coach Sam Bailey said he will try to get the game, scheduled for 5 p.m., moved up to 4:15.
The Sunset League champion Sailors (23-4) also open at home at 5 p.m. Wednesday, against the winner of Tuesday's wild-card match between Northwood and Ventura.