The victory mattered a lot more to Richley, because he remembered how CdM beat Newport Harbor in the regular-season finale in the Battle of the Bay last year and how the setback affected the Sailors.
"There was a little bit of a let down," said Richley, who finished with two aces and three digs.
The team that is down now is CdM. How fast things can change.
The Sea Kings went into the finale on a high, having won the first five matches of the tournament. In the sixth match, the mistakes began to pile up, as CdM had 17 unforced errors in the opening set.
In a best-of-three format, if a team slips up in one set, it's a big deal.
The Sea Kings always seemed to be playing from behind. They managed to get going during a 6-0 run in the second set and took an 18-17 lead.