Boys water polo plays first round of CIF

Senior Stanley Yu (1) blocks the shot as teammates Lance Oh (21) and Matthew Chan (3) watch.
Senior Stanley Yu (1) blocks the shot as seniors Mark Wang (5), Lance Oh (21), and
Matthew Chan (3) watch. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE

The boys varsity water polo made it to the first round of CIF, after narrowly missing CIF qualifications last year. Although they lost their game on Tuesday against Estancia High School with a score of 7-19, the team was grateful for a successful season.

“We made a lot of progress this year and improved a lot,” said captain and senior Kyndall Ting. “We had an experienced coach that taught us a lot about polo.”

At the start of the game, the Aztecs were able to keep pace with the Estancia Eagles. Towards the end of the first half, both teams were tied at three points each. However, the Eagles began to pull ahead, ending the third quarter with a score of 5-11. The final score was 7-14.

“We showed them we meant business,” said coach Wendy Centeno. “But towards the end, they let their blunders get to them, and I think that’s what defined the game, them getting upset because I know they are amazing players.”

Despite the loss senior Stanley Yu is thankful for the bonds he has made with his team. “The best part of the team is how close we are and how much we have connected,” said Yu. “We bonded so much it seems like we’ve been playing forever.

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