Sole senior looks to lead young squad to victory

Bennett Gross

The girls’ water polo team’s lack of experience is going to be their greatest challenge this season, as they work to continue their dominance in the Mission League and seek redemption from last year’s short playoff run. Last season, the team went undefeated in Mission League play and had a 21-10 overall record. The Wolverines were eliminated in the quarterfinals of CIF playoffs with a loss to Upland High School.

With only one senior on the team, Sophia Gonzalez ’15, the team is relatively inexperienced, but they are combatting this by starting their training earlier this year.

“As the only senior on the team, I have to make sure that everyone is contributing and just make sure that everything is in line,” Gonzalez said.

As this is only the team’s second year in Division III, the squad has had to make significant changes to be able to compete at a higher level. In the past, the Wolverines dominated Division IV, and were moved up two years ago, but have struggled in the postseason since the move.

“I am really looking forward to when I will get to coach the girls’ team again this year, once the boys’ season ends,” Head Coach Brian Flacks ’06 said.