The women’s water polo team got its first look at competition this past weekend going 2-2 at the American River Tournament.
Head coach Sergio Macias said, “[It’s the] first tournament the coaching staff and the team is always excited to see how this group plays together. We are matched up against all Northern California Teams which is a great way to prepare for our conference opener…”
The women received their loses from San Joaquin Delta with the final score being 2-11 and American River with a final score of 5-10.
However, the team did earn victories over Las Positas 8-5 and against Santa Rosa by a final tally of 18-2.
Although the team did break even in the win and loses at the tournament most of them thought they could have played better.
Attacker Janay Williams said, “I think I did okay, I think I could have done a little better but I tried my best.”
Center Vanessa Hinojosa said, “I think we could have done a lot better, we were pretty solid, definitely things we need to work on.”
Macias agrees that the team could improve on some things, “Continue to improve our conditioning and getting used to playing with one another. We have to limit unforced turnovers and take advantage of easy scoring opportunities.”
Now looking forward to the future the team is ready to get their season started tomorrow against Rio Hondo, Macias reflected,”Without a doubt that’s why we train and spend long hours in the pool. to becoming a better team by November…”
The players are also excited to play the season opener at home, Hinojosa said, “Being able to play at home and having friends and family to see us play” is what she is most excited about.
Williams said she is looking forward to improving with her team this season.
The players also agree with Macias, saying they have what it takes to make a long run for a championship, Williams stated, “Definitely have what it takes, just need to work on our communication and we could definitely go far.”
Hinojosa said, “I think we have a really good team, just need to work on knowing each others strengths and weaknesses, I think these girls are pretty smart and talented.”