Boys’ Water Polo: Players work to fill in missing gaps

September 9, 2016 — by Jay Kim and Michelle Lee

Water Polo seniors lead the charge

Head Coach: Jacob Young

2015-2016 record: 8-2 overall, 2-1 in league

2015-2016 recap: The team lost 10-9 in the finals of the league season during double overtime against Homestead High School.

Key Additions: juniors Nathon Chin, Alan Lu and Roland Shen, sophomores Ryan Busse and Andrew Gao

Key Matchups: Homestead, Lynbrook

Star Players: seniors William Lew, Armin Agha-Ebrahim, David Nguyen, Chris Metz and Grant Guzzo

Key Losses (graduated athletes): Mason Lee, Noah Quanrud, Davis Robertson and Graham Schmelzer

League: Santa Clara Valley Athletics League, El Camino Division

Prognosis: “We’re expecting a great season with lots of close games and a good chance at CCS,” junior hole defender Nathon Chin said.

After losing four key players to graduation, the Falcons are looking to make up for the loss by training harder. They will focus on learning each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to use them to their advantage during games.

“A challenge we are facing is not having a dedicated hole set, [a position that focuses on scoring,] meaning we have to try unorthodox strategies,” senior utility William Lew said.

Another challenge looming over the team after losing last year’s graduates is the players’ undersized physique.

“We practiced extra hard this year to deal with our physical weaknesses,” junior Alan Lu said. “Key senior members are leading and motivating the rest of the team.”

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