No. 2 is where the Corona del Mar High boys' tennis team has been for most of the season, in Pacific Coast League play and in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll.
It was no surprise to Coach Brian Ricker that his Sea Kings earned the No. 2 seed in the playoffs on Monday, when the section announced its playoff pairings.
The Sea Kings are one of five area programs making the playoffs, the only one seeded. The other local teams are Newport Harbor in Division 1, Sage Hill School in Division 3 and Estancia is Division 4.
Of the locals, the Lightning are the lone defending champions and they have to play the earliest. Sage Hill opens Tuesday in wild-card action, while CdM, Newport Harbor and Estancia begin first-round play on Wednesday. All matches are at 3 p.m.
"This is the first time we've had to play a wild-card playoff match," Sage Hill Coach A.G. Longoria said. "We now have to win four matches to get to the semifinals."