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Water Polo Starts Season 2-2

The girls water polo team has finally finished their preseason with a 15-9 record and have begun league with a record of 2-2 thus far.

Head Coach Carrie Pierce notes that the team is “in a great spot as [it] is in the midst of league and is looking for a strong finish in league and a playoff berth.”

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the girls played against Aliso Niguel, winning 10-8.

water poloTwo days prior, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the team played against Tesoro, winning by a score of 6-5.

The team finished preseason with a game against Mission Viejo on Wednesday, Jan. 15, winning with a score of 12-4. Prior to this game, an antenna for the school’s scoreboard console broke, so Pierce had to improvise. She went to both Staples and Best Buy, yet neither store had the supplies she needed. She said that at that point, she “went out on a whim and called the first computer electronics store that popped up on [her] Google search, and sure enough, a small store in Lake Forest had exactly what [she] needed.”

As she drove up there, she made sure the team captains (juniors Emma Mason, Kat Besanceney and Ashley Bellavia) prepared the team for the game. Pierce elaborated that “the captains needed to get the team hyped and both mentally and physically ready for the game,” and she was “really impressed with how the captains handled the responsibility of the pregame talk with the team.”

That day, the team had a remarkable game, clearly dominating Mission Viejo, and Pierce feels that the game “showed what [Dana] was capable of, especially as [the team] entered league.”

Of the situation, Mason commented, “We heard about the equipment really last minute and we knew this was an important game, so we definitely had some nerves knowing that our coach wouldn’t be present to get us ready for the game. The other captains and I knew how important this game was and had a desire to win so we took matters into our own hands and got our team excited to beat our opponent. It was really a test of our leadership and commitment, but we ended up playing one of our best games of the season, and I was extremely proud of the way our group performed.”

The previous day, Tuesday, Jan. 14, they defeated Capistrano Valley with a score of 4-3.

Against Edison, the girls lost 2-4 on Saturday, Jan. 11.

The team lost to Rosary on Thursday, Jan. 9 and Trabuco Hills on Tuesday, Jan. 7 with respective scores of 8-13 and 12-15.

The girls traveled to San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 19 to compete in the three-day San Diego Tournament at Valhalla. At this tournament, they competed in a total of five games, winning four of them. They triumphed over Bonita Vista and Scripps Ranch on Saturday, Dec. 21, scoring 12-8 against the former and 12-2 against the latter. The previous day, Friday, Dec. 20, the team competed against Grossmont and Mar Vista, winning 12-4 and 11-9, respectively. Losing 7-8, the girls had a bit of a rocky start in their first game, against La Costa Canyon, on Thursday, Dec. 19, yet they evidently regained momentum, leading them to victory in the other competitions.

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