Finally a refreshing trip to visit NCAL for the CIF-NCS Girls HS Water Polo finals, witnessing both Division I and II championships, held at Acalanes HS in Lafayette, CA. And it was especially nice to spend the weekend with my oldest daughter Kamille and our first grandchild, Grandson Parker. I’m now a proud “Papa Kel,” but back to the great Polo…
CIF-NCS D1, San Ramon Valley Wolves vs Monte Vista Mustangs
The SRV Wolves were clearly the class of the NCS finishing undefeated at 27-0 and winning their League and Division and finishing as the top team in the North and East Bay Section of the CIF! It just didn’t matter as the score appeared close, with SRV prevailing, 9-6. The real story was the way their total Team balance held the Mustangs at bay. Junior Kai~Sports All-American Kat Klass was keenly clamped by the strong defensive strategy of Monte Vista, but balanced scoring by Freshman Sarah Klass, Senior Allison Williams and Freshman Sophie Kuester put the two-time defending Champions up 3-0. If not for a goal by Monte Vista’s McKenna Miller, it would’ve likely been a shutout for a quarter. In the second frame, the Wolves extended their lead to 6-2, looking like a runaway, with Freshman lefty Attacker Alexis (Lexi) Liebowitz scoring on a cross-goal counter and Kat assisting her sister Sarah, followed by Sarah Klass assisting Kuester. Overall, the Frosh for SRV dominated the defense, as their Freshman Goalkeeper Marissa Webb blocked some tough shots, including a one-v-one early in the third. In that period, Kat Klass finally got free to score an outside shot , appearing to put the game away, 7-3, but that was not the case, as Mustang Junior Mackenzie Flath scored to keep it close.
“In the fourth, we regrouped, and our girls were able to run a couple of great plays,” commented MV Head Coach Scott Turner following the game. “But it just wasn’t enough, and they’ve had a great team this year.” MV was led by three goals from Junior Courtney Fahey and outstanding goalkeeping by Senior Mimi Harris.
In the end, the class of this game was Sarah Klass, finishing with 3 goals and 2 assists in the win.
CIF-NCS D2, Campolindo Cougars vs Miramonte Mustangs
The game in this Division was a blow out, with the Cougars, led by Senior Co-Captains Annika Jensen and Natalie Seidemann, blowing away the inferior Mustangs by a lopsided 19-6. The win in this Division also capped an NCS-three-peat. Jensen led all scorers with 7 goals (utility) from all over the pool, but was followed closely by Seidmann, who finished with 6 goals herself from the set position (center forward). It’s interesting to note that the Campolindo record of 24-3 was tops in NCS except for their three losses to San Ramon Valley. Miramonte finished with a respectable 20 wins and 7 losses.
Congrats to all!