Both Jets and Hornets Water Polo Teams Shine
The local high school water polo regular season has ended with four Alameda high school teams putting together stellar results.
Women’s Water Polo
The Alameda High women’s water polo team ended the season a perfect 7-0 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC). They ended the season with an 11-9 victory over rival Encinal on Oct. 18. The Hornets scored at least 15 goals in six of the seven league matches. The one exception was against Encinal.
The Hornets scored 20 goals in four of the seven league matches. Alameda finished the regular season 16-3 overall. The three losses came in non-conference tournaments. The Hornets will now look to win their fifth-straight league title in the WACC tournament this weekend.
Encinal went 6-1 in WACC play this season. They, too, had a wide scoring disparity. They scored 105 goals, while allowing just 38 in league play. The team went 20-3 overall this season. They went 3-0 at the Dixon Tournament this year with victories over Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa (14-0), West High of Tracy (10-3) and Dixon High (14-2) on Sept. 29. They also went 3-0 at the Gary Marshal Tournament with wins over Lick-Wilmerding of San Francisco, 16-1, on Oct. 5, and Castro Valley High (12-4) and Concord High (15-10) on Oct. 6.
Both the Encinal and Alameda teams received a bye in the first round of the WACC tournament.
Men’s Water Polo
The Alameda High men’s water polo team went 5-2 in league play to finish in a three-way tie with Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland and Berkeley High for second place. The team earned WACC victories over Berkeley High, 17-11, on Sept. 11, San Leandro High, 14-6, on Sept. 18, Lick-Wilmerding, 20-4, on Sept. 20, Castro Valley High, 21-13, on Oct. 16 and against rival Encinal, 15-11, on Oct. 18. The Hornets went 12-7 overall on the season.
Encinal went 3-4 in the WACC. They defeated Castro Valley High, 11-9, on Sept. 25, San Leandro High, 8-5, on Oct. 3 and Lick-Wilmerding, 11-8, on Oct. 16. Encinal went 9-14-1 in the regular season.
Encinal’s 3-4 WACC record gave them fifth place in the conference. The Hornets and Jets faced off in the first round of the WACC tournament. The Hornets prevailed again, 21-11, on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Hornets will continue their journey to repeat as WACC champs. Last year they defeated O’Dowd 13-10 for the WACC title. Encinal has been eliminated from the tournament and their season has ended.