Water Polo Roundup

Kristina Nelson    Shelby Nelson attempts a shot while competing at the Dixon Tournament on Sept. 23. Nelson and her Encinal squad went a perfect 3-0 in the one-day Dixon Tournament. The Jets sport a 13-4 overall record. Less than a week remains in the regular season before the West Alameda County Conference Tournament.

 

The Alameda and Encinal high school water polo teams are looking sharp as they approach the postseason.

Women’s Water Polo
The Encinal women’s team just finished going 3-1 in the Pinole Valley Tournament on Oct. 6 and 7. They defeated Marin Academy of San Rafael 10-6, lost to Redwood of Larkspur 7-5, but rebounded with victories over Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (9-4) and Terra Linda of San Rafael (8-5).

The impressive showing at the Pinole Valley Tournament came after the team went a perfect 3-0 at the Dixon Tournament on Sept. 23. The team outscored their three opponents 31-12. The Jets beat Terra Linda 10-5, defeated Newark Memorial 10-3 and took down Marin Academy 11-4.

Junior Shelby Nelson scored 12 goals, including six against Terra Linda in the tournament. She also assisted on six goals. Junior Hannah Arbios scored eight goals in the three-game tournament, with five of the eight coming against Newark Memorial.

The Jets are now 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC). 

The Hornets women’s team is sitting atop the WACC with a perfect 4-0 league record. They defeated Lick-Wilmerding of San Francisco 20-1 on Sept 12, beat Bishop O’Dowd 12-5 on Sept. 19, took down Piedmont 16-3 on Sept. 26 and topped Castro Valley 19-5 on Oct. 3. The Hornets also beat Encinal 6-2 on Sept. 16, but that contest was part of the Sierra Shootout and a non-conference game. 

The Hornets will conclude the regular season with a match against the Jets on Oct. 18. Then the Hornets will look to win their fourth straight WACC tournament championship.

Men’s Water Polo
The Encinal men’s team is 4-15 on the season and 0-4 in the WACC.

The Alameda High men’s team also sits atop the WACC standings with a 4-0 league record. Like their women counterparts, the Hornets beat Lick-Wilmerding (20-8 on Sept. 12), Bishop O’Dowd (23-19 on Sept. 19) and Piedmont (18-17 on Sept. 26). They also beat league rival Castro Valley 18-11 on Oct. 3. 

Before their tilt with Castro Valley, the Hornets went 2-1 in the Amador Valley Tournament on Sept. 30. They defeated Foothill of Pleasanton 12-11 and Alhambra of Martinez 16-13. However, they lost the championship game 14-8 to Northgate of Walnut Creek. 

The Hornets will close the regular season with a battle against the Jets on Oct. 18. Then will begin the trek to regain the WACC title after losing to Piedmont in the final last year.