During the water polo team’s recent matches against Sierra Vista and Burroughs High School, AHS varsity athletes saw firsthand how the difference between winning and losing is often decided by the slimmest of margins.
Both games, on Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, resulted in close scores, but ultimately losses in the end. Currently, the team’s preseason record stands at 1-8.
“We have the speed and endurance when it comes to swimming. We need to improve on being faster [and] getting down high corner shots,” captain Daniel Lindley said.
Improving offensive tactics, working around opponent goalies and executing shooting plays have been main focuses during practice.
Nonetheless, defensive tactics have proven to be the strongest attribute of the team. According to Head Coach Adrian Lopez, the players tie in ball stealing and handling skills very well with set and point defense. In turn, the varsity water polo team’s defense has become a force to be reckoned with.
“We are constantly playing schools with ample substitutes and our defense usually makes their numbers count for nothing,” Lopez said.