CYPRESS — Coach Steve Conti has built three dynasties in three decades with the Corona del Mar High boys' volleyball program.
Each of them made runs to CIF Southern Section title matches in consecutive years, from five straight appearances, to three in a row, to two.
The latest group tried to make history Saturday, at the same venue where CdM won the Division 2 title last season.
Leading up to the final, Conti said he kept hearing how hungry his team's opponent looked. Conti and the Sea Kings saw Oak Park up close for the first time in a couple of months and the Wildcats stared them right in the eyes.
"You could see the determination that they have," Conti said.
Oak Park wasn't going home without the top hardware. The Wildcats had been on this stage before and they grew tired of coming up short in section final appearances, losing four times in the big match in the last six seasons.