Winning a CIF Southern Section title is tough enough. Repeating is that much harder.
Coach Steve Conti found out again how hard it is on Saturday, when his Corona del Mar High boys' volleyball team failed to defend its Division 2 crown.
His Sea Kings took the opening set and all they needed to become the first CdM boys' volleyball team to claim two straight section titles was win two more sets. They never won another set as top-seeded Oak Park went on to take the next three sets to beat second-seeded CdM.
Conti came up short of leading the Sea Kings to back-to-back section title wins once again. He made no excuses.
"The [five] years that we won [section titles], we deserved to win," said Conti, adding that the deserving team on Saturday was Oak Park.
Four times under Conti, CdM has been in position to win two straight section championships.