Girls JV water polo suffers second defeat to Notre Dame


Izzy Wilson

Sophomore goalie Sydney Phan looks for an open player to pass the ball to.

The girls JV water polo team lost their second to last game to the Notre Dame Tigers in a quick match, 8-2.

The teams previously played each other on Sept. 26, a game that also resulted in a loss for the Scots with a score of 8-2. The Tigers came into the game on Oct. 21 with high confidence due to their previous win against the Scots.

“I felt pretty confident because throughout the season, we’ve been improving and we played well against Carlmont last time, so I felt confident that we were gonna do well,” said Olivia Semien, a sophomore and team captain.

The clock started, and in under two minutes, freshman Abigail Edelhart scored a point on Carlmont’s sophomore goalie, Sydney Phan. Within the next minute, another point was made for the Tigers by Semien, putting the score at 2-0.

Towards the start of the second quarter, sophomore Maya Lee scored the Scots their first point of the game, making the score a close 2-1. In preparation for their matchup against the Tigers, the Scots worked on improving many skills and techniques.

“We’ve been working on setting up and getting our passes down and also driving,” Lee said.

The Tigers were able to successfully score two more points on goalie Phan thanks to Semien. They attempted to shoot one more but quickly got shut down by a block put up by sophomore Liv Martins.

Nearing the end of the second quarter, the Scots were still down by three until freshman Hailey Wong scored a point for the Scots, bringing the score to 4-2.

The Scots were able to score one more point before the end of the second quarter, this time due to sophomore Anika Marino dribbling the ball past her opponents and successfully shooting into the Tigers goal.

Izzy Wilson
Sophomore Liv Martins blocks an opposing player from shooting.

The Scots stayed strong during the end of the second quarter and fought aggressively to make sure that the Tigers couldn’t score any more points.

“We’re always strengthening and improving our defense, and I think one of the things that we did well today was we also had so many more attempts, so we’re increasing our shots,” said Molly McNinch, Carlmont’s JV water polo coach.

The third quarter went by quick as two points were scored by Semien and freshman Abby Damelio, extending the Tigers’ lead with a score of 6-3. The Scots held their ground towards the end of the third quarter but were unable to score any points on the Tigers until the fourth and final quarter.

Just a couple of minutes into the last quarter, Semien scored her final point for her team, leaving the score at 8-3 with two minutes on the clock. With the fourth quarter coming to an end, Marino scored her second goal of the game and the final point for the Scots, ending the game at 8-4, a victory for the Tigers.

“One thing I think we’re gonna work on is increasing our breakaways, so increasing the girls who are particularly fast and giving them a head start,” McNinch said.

The JV team’s final game is on Oct. 23 against Woodside.

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