Water Polo Teams Head to Post Season
The water polo regular season came to a close today, and all four Alameda and Encinal teams have been stellar this season.
The Alameda women’s team has an 11-4 record including 3-0 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC). The Hornets went 4-1 at the Rocklin Tournament on Sept. 9 and 10. They beat Nevada Union of Nevada City 21-1, Christian Brothers of Sacramento 10-4, Buchanan of Clovis 8-3 and Carondelet of Concord 11-6. They did lose to Sanger 9-4 in its second contest. The Hornets went 3-1 at the Pinole Tournament on Oct. 7 and 8. They beat San Rafael 14-3, James Logan of Union City 14-7 and Concord 10-4. They lost to California of San Ramon. They will play rival Encinal in the season finale. The Hornets will then look to three-peat as WACC champions when the league tournament starts on Friday, Oct. 27. Last year they beat Piedmont 20-10 for the title.
The Alameda men’s team is 10-8 overall on the year and 4-0 in league play. The Hornets went 3-2 in the Rocklin Tournament with wins against Whitney of Rocklin (12-4) Benicia (9-6) and Roseville (14-5) and losses to Ponderosa of Shingle Springs (12-7) and Woodcreek of Roseville (14-3). The team went 1-2 in the Amador Valley tournament on Oct. 15. They beat Benicia 11-8, but lost to Washington of Fremont (11-8) and Amador (11-12).
The men’s team will also close out its regular season against rival Encinal today. The Hornets will also look to three-peat as WACC tournament champions starting next Friday. Last year they beat Bishop O’Dowd 16-8 to win the WACC title.
The Encinal women’s water polo team is 15-6 on the year and 4-0 in the WACC. The Jets went 2-3 in the Sierra Shootout Tournament on Sept. 16 and 17 with wins over Del Oro of Loomis (9-2) and Woodcreek (10-8), but lost to Foothill of Pleasanton (10-8), Carondelet (11-6) and Buchanan (11-7). The team was able to rebound to go a perfect 3-0 at the Dixon Tournament on Sept. 24 with wins over American Canyon (11-2), Ponderosa (12-4) and Dixon 8-2). The team is 3-0 in league play with wins over Piedmont (21-5) on Sept. 27, Bishop O’ Dowd (14-6) on Oct. 4 and Berkeley (19-3) on Oct. 11. The Jets close out the season today, then will take part in the league tournament Oct. 27 through 29.
The men’s team is 12-8-1 overall this year and 3-2 in the WACC. After losing three games in a row early in the season, the Jets reeled off seven straight wins between a 15-11 victory over Bear River of Grass Valley on Sept. 10 and a 5-4 victory over Newark Memorial on Sept. 24. The streak ended after an 8-8 tie to Dixon on Sept. 27. The team beat league foe Berkeley 16-12 in its last contest on Oct. 11.
They will take on Alameda today in the season finale.