Girls water polo beats Rowland

Varsity girls water polo won 13-6 against Rowland in an away preseason game Tuesday, Dec. 5

Set junior Paris Alvarado was the leading scorer with four goals and wing senior Kaitlin Garrett had five assists in the game. Wing junior Jocelyn Sagahon-Ramirez was able to get three out of the nine steals for the Mustangs.

“It was a good game, and we had good defense because we weren’t playing as individuals but rather working together as one team,” goalkeeper sophomore Katie Whittingham said. “We’re getting used to each other, getting to know each other better and learning how to play as a team.”

At the end of the first quarter, the Mustangs led 3-2. Each team had several scoring opportunities to score in the second quarter, with Mustangs finishing with four and Raiders finishing with three.

“We scrimmaged a lot, so I don’t feel like I went into the game not knowing what to do. We communicated a lot, especially in the third and fourth quarter, compared to the first two games we played where we struggled with talking to each other. When we finally stood up and started talking to each other, that’s when I saw a lot of progress,” set junior Marissa Granados said.

Applying high pressure, Walnut broke through the opponent’s defensive line to score six goals while Rowland scored one goal, ending the third quarter 10-4. The fourth quarter concluded with Walnut scoring three goals and Rowland scoring two goals.

“I felt great because we really improved from our last two games. We had a goal set for our game, which were the triple G’s. It stands for ‘Go get goals,’” wing senior Amanda Perez said. “I feel like all of our skills could use a lot of relearning, like going back to the basics because it’s easy to know how to play water polo but to add technique and skill, that’s when you actually play water polo.”

By Alison Ho, Staff writer
Photo by Sam Compolongo