SLV water polo players are re-clipping their nails for the last couple games of the 2013 season.
The varsity girls team end their league play with a home game against Hollister on the 24th of October, and then begin preparation for league finals in the upcoming weeks. With the majority of the team being juniors, this season has focused mostly on improvement and learning, which has proven effective in the second half of this year’s season. The polo ladies have come far from their first game against Carmel which ended in a crushing loss. They are now determined to continue winning after two exciting victories in their last tournament at Aptos High School. “We’re coming together as a team”, says third-year-player Mikaela Slade. The return of the official team goalie, Jasmine Northcutt, has taken some of the stress off first year goalies Marie Schoepp and Amber McCormick, who have been doing an excellent job filling the position in her absence. With Northcutt back in action, it allows Schoepp and McCormick to reclaim their spots as field players and exhibit an entirely different spectrum of their talents. The team’s last game is against Hollister at home on the twenty-fourth.
The varsity boys team has done well in the second half of their season as well. The boys have won three of their games this fall, one of their most successful being against Alvarez High School which ended in an impressive victory of twelve to five for
the SLV boys. The team is also glad to welcome back junior Evan Karow who has been absent from the pool deck for a few weeks after having his appendix removed. With everyone back to full health, the boys can focus on preparing for their final league games of the season. Their last game is against Alvarez at home on Halloween.
JV’s girls team have also had their share of success. The girls’ largely underclassmen team is impressing everyone with aggressive, skilled, and passionate play from new players like Jenna Solomon and Marina Newberry. In the team’s last match, an away game at Aptos High School, the girls suffered a goalie ejection and were forced to play open-net for the twenty seconds of the exclusion. The game ended reasonably well with a very slim loss of ten to nine. Their last game is against the Hollister Haybalers on the twenty-fourth.
Meanwhile, the JV boys have been working on team cohesion with the addition of their only freshman player two weeks into the school year. The new player, Chase Ledger has easily integrated himself into the team. The JV boys’ most recent win was against Harbor High School on the eighth of October, and their last game is also against Alvarez High School on the thirty-first.
Even after the official season ends, these players still have much to look forward to. All four teams come together on the fourteenth of November at the sports’ end-of-season banquet where they will receive awards and reflect on the past months of training, practicing, and playing. To support the water polo teams at the end of their season, come cheer for them at their final games or in league finals next month!