Girls’ water polo wins first 7 nonleague games


By Alec Caso

Under the guidance of new head coach Robert Lynn, the girls’ varsity water polo team is already 7-0 and is looking forward to its first league game on the road against Marymount on Jan. 7.

“I can speak for the entire team when I say we like Robert a lot. He has a great attitude in coaching girls,” Ashley Grossman ’11 said.

The team beat Notre Dame, Alemany, Marymount, Louisville and Flintridge Sacred Heart during its regular season. The team made it to the first round of CIF and then lost to Whittier 19-20 at Harvard-Westlake. The team isn’t very worried about the Mission League in the upcoming season.

“League wasn’t very hard for us last year, the closest we came to a loss was seven points but we still won by a lot,” said Grossman.

The team has almost doubled in size this year, and players feel very confident about the team’s chances of making CIF.

Outside of league the team played an additional 13 games, making its overall record 17-6. The team lost several games to Division I, II and III opponents in the Mistletoe and Irvine classics.

“We face a lot of division I, II and III teams in tournaments outside of league. That’s why we lost so many games outside of league,” Grossman said.

So far this year the team has gone 7-0 overall in exhibition matches, but it has yet to play its first regular season game.

The team played its first exhibition against Long Beach Millikan and won 18-4. It then continued to participate in the Mistletoe tournament and won all five of its games. The Wolverines played Santa Ynez, Hipomo, Cabrillo, Westlake, and Rio Mesa and ended up winning the tournament. The team’s last game was against Cerritos at Cerritos High and it won 18-10.

The team has lost some players in recent games due to injury which hasn’t hindered their success.

“We lost some experienced players to injury but the seniors have really led the team and the younger players have really stepped it up,” Grossman said.

The team will play its next game against Burroughs Monday Jan. 4. Their first league game will be the following Thursday, Jan. 7.