NEWPORT BEACH — Dale Flickinger, the Corona del Mar High School girls' volleyball coach, expected a letdown from his players Tuesday night.
After all, it's pretty hard to top winning the Southern Section 5-A title, which the Sea Kings did Saturday night.
"I knew this match would be ugly," Flickinger said. "But not this ugly."
Flickinger found the best adjective to describe Corona del Mar's 15-3, 15-10, 12-15, 15-13 victory over Notre Dame Academy in the first round of the Southern California Division I regionals at Corona del Mar.
"I knew there would be a tremendous letdown after (the Southern Section) finals," Flickinger said. "We just didn't have any consistency out there."
Lara Carlsen had 19 kills and Lynn Randall added 12 as the Sea Kings advanced to Saturday's second round against the winner of the Poway-Pacific Palisades match.