HUNTINGTON BEACH — The Battle of the Bay came seven weeks before the regularly scheduled high school boys' volleyball match.
Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar met on a neutral site Monday. They played for a title, not for Back Bay supremacy, but for first place of Orange County.
The first matchup between the rivals ended rather quickly, stunning CdM Coach Steve Conti. The other coach, Steve Astor, wasn't surprised his second-seeded Sailors upset the top-seeded Sea Kings, 25-20, 27-25, in the Orange County Championships Division 1 finale at Edison High.
Upset wasn't how Astor, in his first season in charge of the Sailors, wanted to describe the best-of-three outcome.
"Upset?" Astor said when someone asked him if the Sailors pulled off an upset. "We're both pretty good teams."
Newport Harbor looked better than CdM, the defending ESPN RISE national champion, which has a star in senior outside hitter Parker Brown.