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.