Girls’ water polo continues winning tradition

The Chargers’ girls’ water polo team approached their matchup against their rivals, the Mustangs, the night of Oct. 3 for their fourth league game of the year. The team played aggressively from the start—in the first quarter, the Chargers stole the ball as Sydney Scott ‘20 passed it to Kelsey Palmaffy ‘19, who swam around a defender to give it to Min Kim ‘19. Kim sent the ball flying past the goalkeeper and scored a point. The Chargers had an impeccable game as they shut out the Mustangs 17-0, giving the team another win. The water polo team is currently number one in the Blossom Valley Mt. Hamilton division due to their consistent scoring abilities. Putting points on the board was not a problem for the Chargers, as opportunities were open for Jenna Flynn ‘22 and Alyssa Ross ‘20.

“We all work on shooting during practices so that our shots are strong and accurate. We also work on passing because we cannot get the shots off unless everyone knows what to do and when they need to find an open player to guard,” Olivia Burd ‘19 said.

The Chargers return this season as Central Coast Section (CCS) Champions from the past two consecutive years, hungry to become number one in the Bay Area again. Although curently the best in their division, the team understands the importance of continuing to practice hard and attending all practices in order to maintain their undefeated title.

“We want to be three-peat CCS champions, but it is more important for us to strive for improvement. We will continue to get better if we work together as a team.” Kim said.

Even with the loss of several seniors from last year’s team, the Chargers do not show any signs of struggle. The team is 18-1 overall and are well in pace to make it to playoffs. With the expectations to make playoffs, the Chargers have full confidence in themselves to win it all.

“We expect to win CCS this season because we have a lot of new talent that was added to the team. Our coach expects us to give every game our all in order to make the most out of every play when we are in the pool,” Burd said.