MOOR photo by YIBEI LIU
After ending last season with a 1-7 record, the varsity boys’ water polo team is back and working hard to redeem themselves this season. Despite the low number of athletes they had last year, this year the team is fully stocked with the largest number of athletes they have had in years. With each practice, the team has higher hopes for a great performing season.
“The team is looking good. Right now we are working on conditioning and enhancing the skills the we have developed last season and [we are] pushing to improve every day,” Head Coach Adrian Lopez said.
In the summer, the team held practices almost everyday throughout the week from 7:00-9:30 A.M. The team has already begun preparing for their first match against Pasadena on Sept. 2. Their practices have consisted of working on numerous techniques such as passing, treading water and swimming with the ball order to use the techniques effectively during the games. As well as building up their strength and endurance, the boys have strongly emphasized improving their offensive and defensive plays. Senior Calvin Wan also explained that the team has been working on building spirit and confidence amongst themselves when in play.
According to the team, when getting ready to start a season again, athletes must be dedicated and learn how to work together with new members to come out as champions. Although the team is barely starting their preseason games, they are optimistic for the future.
“The team has come very far since last year and we are looking very [strong]. We hope to place in league finals and possibly move on to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF),” captain Brandon Wong said.