Girls’ water polo suffers double over time loss to Gunn

December 1, 2008 — by Pia Mishra

The girls’ water polo team ended its season with a 6-5 double overtime loss to Gunn during the first round of league finals on Nov. 5. Two consecutive victories against Mountain View and Homestead to finish league play had left the girls feeling optimistic going into the tournament even though Gunn had defeated them twice before.

“We weren’t really sure how we were going to do this game because both times when we had played before we had lost,” said senior co-captain Alison Norris. “But at the same time we had improved so much that it was hard to already condemn it as a loss.”

Though the outcome of the game was not what they wanted, the girls were proud of their performance, which included a goal in the last 12 seconds of the fourth quarter.

“I can’t even describe how proud I am of the girls,” said Norris. “We’ve improved so much this season as a team and I honestly could not have asked for a better season.”

The girls have learned from their mistakes and plan to use them it to improve next year. Junior Lauren Opatrny feels that next year the girls will be able to continue to play just as well, if not better.

The team will remain in the same league, playing teams like Los Gatos, Homestead, Mountain View, Gunn, Los Altos and Palo Alto.

Without Norris and fellow seniors Kaylee Pettingil and Amanda Murabito, however, the team will have to adjust to playing without some of their key offensive players. The girls still think that if they have the same chemistry they had this year, they should fare well.

“I think that our team will be able to adapt with no problems,” said Norris. “I have faith that they can do it.”

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