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Corona del Mar can't repeat as CIF champion

Boys’ Volleyball

Sea Kings' boys' volleyball team is able to win the first game, but top-ranked Oak Park is too much as it captures Division 2 title in four games.

May 19, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

The outside hitter recorded nine of his match-high 26 kills in the first set. He attacked from everywhere — near the net and from the back row — to pound shots. He also tapped the ball into an open space, making it look easy.

The next three sets were far from easy for the Sea Kings.

No team had a lead larger than two points in the second set, until Bradley Sakaida's service ace put Oak Park ahead, 24-21. The entire set was that tight, 14 times the teams were even on the scoreboard.

At set point, the Wildcats closed it out. Middle blocker Mike Campbell hammered one of his five kills to even the match.

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In the following set, Oak Park began to take control. The Wildcats slowed down many balls, helping them take a 14-9 lead, the biggest any team had at that point in the match.

The advantage grew to as many as nine, as Campbell stuffed back-to-back shots from Brown. The Wildcats ran away with the third set, giving them a 2-1 edge.

The momentum was on the Wildcats' side. They came out swinging in the fourth set.

Right away, opposite Nick Fahn (10 kills) unloaded a left-handed shot, which popped libero Erik Ctvrtlik in the mouth and knocked him backward. Stanford-bound setter Joe Ctvrtlik, who finished with 43 assists, checked on his younger brother, who rose to his feet, checking to see if his teeth were still in place.

He didn't lose a tooth, but he and the Sea Kings were on their way to losing their third consecutive set and shot at making history.

The night belonged to Oak Park, which won its first section title. Senior outside hitter Justin Parks led a senior-laden team with 22 kills.

"Sometimes when you haven't won one yet, [it pushes you to get it done]," said Conti, who has a 5-5 record in boys' section title matches in his 17 seasons with the Sea Kings.

"They're a very good team and they're a very hungry team. They've been here several times before."

So have the Sea Kings, who again were unable to win back-to-back section titles.

david.carrrillo@latimes.com

Twitter: @DCPenaloza

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