By Joohan Kim
On Friday, October 2nd, Boys’ Varsity Water Polo competed at LCHS against John Burroughs High School and lost 14-10 in a non-league match. It was the last game for the Spartans to check each player’s ability and to strengthen the team’s chemistry before their league matches begin.
“We could’ve beat them,” said junior Tyler Chung. “I think that we lacked focus before the game, during our warm up, and at practices.”
The game was close and although the Spartans couldn’t earn victory, it was a success because they played with enthusiasm and aggressiveness. Coach Chris Flores said he was proud of their performance and is looking forward to start league.
When asked who played well throughout the game, Tyler Chung responded, ¨Vince Wardle played strong defense and was able to put away counter attacks on offense. I think he is one of the best on our team in terms of awareness and skill for the amount of time he has been playing.¨
It is important to have players like Vince Wardle who lead a team to victory. The more crucial aspect is that a team should be aware of their teamwork, which ultimately will produce a well-deserved victory.
¨Skill wise, I feel that we are prepared. We have a good 2-meter player, and we have good drivers and outside shooters. However, we don’t have the team chemistry,” said Tyler Chung. ¨The goal of our team is to be like a well-oiled machine, but right now some parts of the machine are working together and some parts aren’t. We just need to find what makes us click, that way we can perform so that everyone contributes.¨
“South Pasadena will be our toughest match in league,” Tyler continued. “I believe that everyone needs to be at the top of their game and that we all need to work together in order to succeed.”
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