Women’s water polo seeks revenge in final tournament of the season

Monica Gallardo

The South Coast Conference Tournament will give the women’s water polo team a chance to play against Rio Hondo College again after splitting both decisions earlier this season.

“We lost the first time we played (Rio Hondo), and the second time we won, so I’m hoping now that we’ve played twice, we have another win,” team captain Carla Harvey said.

Rio Hondo College topped the Falcons by just one point on Oct. 22.

A win against the Roadrunners means the team will face Mt. San Antonio College, who the Falcons lost to.

“Hopefully we do beat (Rio Hondo) because I would like to play [Mt. SAC] again before the season’s over,” Harvey said.

To prepare for this tournament, the team has continued its usual practice of scrimmage games and shooting.

“We basically focus on drills, what drill we’re going to run in a quarter, our 6-on-5; we’re just practicing on the little details,” Center Celeste Ibarra said.

Head coach Sergio Macias said, “We just have to stay focused and gain some confidence.”

The Falcons will close their season with this tournament on Thursday. Macias said, “Hopefully [the women] look back knowing that they played their best.”