Boys’ water polo faces challenges following loss of key players

August 31, 2017 — by Rahul Vadlakonda and Phoebe Wang

Head coach: Jacob Young

  • Last season’s record: 8-4

  • Last season recap: Although the team opened the season with the loss of several key players, the boys ended the season placing third in their league.

  • Key additions: Sophomore Grant Chen, sophomore Bryan Chu, junior Matthew Kuo

  • Key matchups:  Half Moon Bay (Aug. 24), Fremont (Sept. 19), Mountain View (Sept. 21)

  • Star players: Junior Ryan Busse, junior Nicholas Bray, senior goalie Alan Lu

  • Key losses: Armin Agha-Ebrahim, Chris Metz, William Lew

  • League: El Camino Division

Prognosis:

Coaching for his second season here, Young hopes to do as well as last year despite the loss of key players to graduation.

“Most of our more experienced players were our seniors who graduated so we are kind of left with a lower level team, with not as much experience,” senior Ryan Ahrari said.

The team plans on doing more technical work in the pool to expand their skillsets instead of doing more conditioning. They hope to improve their gameplay and overcome the challenge that losing a good number of key players presents.

“I just hope that we can get to the same place we were last year in leagues. If we can get even better than last year, we may be able to make CCS,” Ahrari said.

 

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