Girls water polo wins first league game

Varsity girls water polo won 17-4 against West Covina in its first league game Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Set junior Paris Alvarado led the Mustangs on offense, scoring eight out of the team’s 17 goals. The Mustangs and Bulldogs started evenly matched, as both sides kept equal possession of the ball, ending the quarter 4-3. In the second quarter, Walnut kept its lead by scoring five more goals.

“We learned from our mistakes in the first quarter and started to throw better. As the game continued, we picked up the intensity and started playing more as a team,” Alvarado said. “The girls all have strong shots, and once we became more aggressive, we were more successful with [scoring].”

In the second half, the Mustangs maintained an offensive position to score eight more goals, limiting the Bulldogs to one goal and concluding the game to raise their overall record 4-7.

“We have a good sense of community on the team. Everybody laughs, talks and gets ready for the game together,” wing senior Kaitlin Garrett said. “We hope to be league champs this year, but our main goal is to play well together and have a good game regardless of the score.”

By Joy Wang, Staff writer

Photo by Jessica Dixon