Boys water polo defeats Milpitas High School on senior night 20-4

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Justin Su

Alex Wang (11) passes the ball. The boys won the match against Milpitas 20-4.

by Justin Su , Sports Editor

Varsity boys water polo defeated Milpitas High School 20-4 on their senior night yesterday. Seniors Arnav Tandon, Misha Ivkov, Arben Gutierrez-Bujari, Peter Wu and Misha Tseitliani were honored in a ceremony before the game.

“It was really nice to see everyone out here. It means a lot to me, especially because it’s my last home game,” team captain Arnav said. “It’s been a really good four years, and I’m going to miss this pool.”

The team held a commanding lead over Milpitas the entire game, finishing the first half 13-1. At the beginning of the second half, Arben was switched into the goalie position and goalie Misha took over Arben’s position.

“It’s really heartening that people know that we exist. It’s really good that people actually came out to our game and got to watch water polo,” said Misha. “[The game] went very well: we destroyed them from start to finish, really. Even the goals they scored on us were because of tactical play. It was a really good game and a good primer for our next one.”

Assistant coach Victor Adler also thought the game went well for the boys and wants them to continue the pace as they close out the season.

“They played well. I think probably at the midway mark [of the season] there was a step up in intensity and seriousness,” Adler said. “[We’ve had] much better defense and much higher intensity, so we need to maintain that because we have a big game left [against Lynbrook].”

Senior Ray Song went out to support his friends on the water polo team.

“I’m good friends with a couple of them, and they were all looking forward to this because water polo is one of the more low-key sports,” Ray said. “This was a really good chance for people to come out and support their games and they did a pretty good job, so it’s exciting.”

The boys now prepare to face Lynbrook High School in an away game on Oct. 20.