By Inno Sita |Staff Writer|
CSUSB Women’s Water Polo team are diving down a tough season start but they are still rising up strong.
After coming so close to a win during overtime in thier third season game against Whittier College on Jan. 27, they still remain positive and ready to win.
Since they were close to grasping their first win of the season, the Coyotes will have another chance to face the same team on March 22.
The Coyotes are looking forward to proving themselves and are confident they’ll be winning the rest of their games.
The double header weekend against UC San Diego and CSU Northridge on Feb. 2 was arguably the toughest games they played. As a new team, the players are establishing their goal—to provide the best performance for a great victory.
UC San Diego, which has an overall record of 6-1, picked up two wins at Cal Baptist to become the 7th rank team.They came out very strong on the first half of both games.
According to junior utility Shelby McCliman, believes this was the best they played all year.
“We came out fighting hard, we ended up losing, but we will still do the best as we always have. Next week, we are hoping to fight even stronger. Our goal is to learn from our previous performances and figure out how to fix that,” said junior driver Alison Glaser.
“This year, the team is so strong, we have a ton of great players,” said junior goalkeeper Kelsey Purkiss. “We have a different vibe on the team this year. We’re extremely motivated and always working towards our goals.”
“We decided this year that our main goal is to work on our communication,” according to Glaser. “We have been gradually working towards that goal. If we had a better communication which is our goal, then we could have been a lot stronger. As long as we keep working on it, we will eventually get to the next level.”
Head coach and former CSUSB water polo player Sarah Reneker believes that this new team is working hard.
“We have a lot of little things to work on, which is good compared to huge things, so [these] little things will end up taking care of the big picture,” said Reneker.
“I’m confident that it will allow us to outshine the teams that are on our level or lower ones. It’s a learning experience, therefore I use it as a win even though it’s a loss. We gain a lot of strength and knowledge from those games.”
She added, “their performances compared to the first, it’s unreal. They give me their all and efforts every single time. They constantly continue to work on everything I asked them work on.”