Women’s Water Polo Off to A Tough Start

Matthew Garvey

Saddleback College women’s water polo tournament was held this weekend. It kicked off the start to the 2010 season for the Gauchos.

The first match defeat to Chaffey was not how they hoped to start the season. But the team re-grouped and shook off the jitters to beat Southwestern 15-4 in the second match of the day.

“We did a really good job making the other team swim, it tired them out,” assistant coach Danielle Peeler said.

The tournament resumed Saturday. Unfortunately the Gauchos were not able to regain the magic they had against Southwestern. Both Ventura and Grossmont handed the Gauchos losses making the team 1-3 for the weekend.

Now is the time for the Gauchos to show resolve after defeats. In fact, sometimes losses this early in the season can be a rallying point. Hopefully, the team will bring a renewed commitment to the pool this week of practice.

Assistant Coach Danielle Peeler says the team will “condition hard to get in shape [for their next game] and practice accuracy for shooting.”

Orange Empire Conference play kicks off September 22nd with a match here at Saddleback against Golden West. A win could help set the right momentum to carry the Gauchos through a successful season.

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