Water polo sprints ahead

CBU's women's water polo team at their home opener on Jan. 29 Elijah Hickman

The California Baptist University women’s water polo team had their home opener on Jan. 29 at the Lancer Aquatics Center. The Lancer women’s water polo team fought hard for two come-from-behind wins against California State University, Northridge and Pomona-Pitzer colleges, according to a press release by CBU athletics.

The CBU women beat Cal State Northridge 9-8, while the Lancer women won against Pomona-Pitzer with a score of 14-11 against the Sagehens. 

“(The tournament overall) was really good, it was great for us to have two really close games with good opponents,” said Jonathan Miller, head coach of the CBU women’s water polo team. “It’s always good to get two wins on the day. We learned a lot about the group and what we need to do. We had people step up on both offense and defense. It showed a lot of mental toughness.”

The official CBU athletics press release reported that senior attacker Kira O’Donnell and senior attacker Jamie Hutton each had nine points from the day, while redshirt junior Vicky Martinez scored two hat tricks.

The Lancer women’s water polo team is now 2-4 overall for the season. They will travel to the East Coast for games Feb. 4-5 against top-ranked teams Harvard University and Brown University, among others.

“This weekend we have big tournament, we’re going to Brown and Harvard and we’re going to play four top-25 teams,” Miller said. “I would expect four close games and we hope we can build on this last weekend and see if we can do it on the road.”

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