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Varsity girls water polo vanquishes Gunn 13-7

Isabella Lo
Melody Yin (11) holds the ball in preparation to pass to a teammate. The team worked on moving the ball to the left side of the pool during practice.

Varsity girls water polo defeated Gunn High School 13-7 on Oct. 10 at the Singh Aquatic Center. 

Harker snagged the ball on the first play of the game, leading to an attempted shot from Summer Adler (11). Gunn then attacked the Harker defense, attempting a shot which goalie Jasmine Hansra (10) blocked. Field player Zoe Cammer (9) capitalized on that momentum and scored two goals in a row as the Eagles ended the first quarter in the lead 2-0.

Captain Keren Eisenberg (11) started the second quarter by stealing the ball from the Titans and scoring two points, bringing the score to 4-0. The Eagles finished the quarter with strong defense from Jasmine as she blocked three Gunn attempts, maintaining the shutout in the first half. During this quarter, the team worked together to generate good looks at shots.

“We adapted well,” field player Mia Tang (10) said. “There were some cases where there were certain numbers on the team who could get shots off from the same situations. And we started seeing those situations before they were about to happen through getting prepared for them a little bit more.”

In the third quarter, as Harker’s defense wavered, Gunn scored their first point of the game. The Eagles stood strong though as they ended the quarter up 8-3. Against teams like Gunn, an important strategy for the team is increasing their energy level.

“Continuing to bring a lot of energy to the game [was important] because [against] some of the not so good teams, we kind of slack off a little bit,” field player Olivia Xu (12) said. “So [we want to] continue to play hard in all the games.”

The Eagles opened up the last quarter with a pass from Olivia to Zoe, who scored a backhand shot. Gunn responded with two points as the score rose to 10-5. Keren scored a point of her own, bringing the score to 11-6. Finally, Harker triumphed in a 13-7 victory.

The team looks to continue their momentum from this win and from Harker Day, where a large crowd of spectators showed up to encourage the varsity water polo team. Head Coach Cristian Tanase spoke on how they hope to finish league strong.

“The week [of Oct. 16] is our last league week and we want to reach our peak as much as we can,” Coach Tanase said. “So we still have a couple of practices where we are going to push more. In terms of changing and adding new stuff, it would be nice to add a better type of defense and being able to adapt against stronger teams that are coming.”

The team currently holds an overall record of 15-9.

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Isabella Lo
Isabella Lo, Co-Opinions Editor
Isabella Lo (11) is the co-opinions editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. This year, she hopes to take better photos and design more creative pages. She likes to play basketball and read in her free time.

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