Girls’ Water Polo Season Overview


Mike Ewing

UHS girls waterpolo athlete competing valiantly against opponents.

Kaylee Changsek, Staff Writer

As the winter season comes to an end, some of the most recognized sports come to an end as well, such as boys’ basketball and girls’ soccer. Yet girl’s water polo was one of the most thrilling and entertaining sports to be viewed this season. 

To summarize the impressive season the girls’ water polo team had, it is hard not to mention that they had many hard-fought victories against some of the best schools in the league, such as Northwood High School. 

The exciting atmosphere that the students create at the games provides an ideal environment for great gameplay and wins UHS has seen all year. 

“Our best games were [against] Northwood and Woodbridge,” junior and Varsity Captain Grace Noyes said. “Northwood was a good first win for the season and Woodbridge . . . [was] our toughest opponent because they are our rivals and we have always been neck [in] neck with each other.”

Woodbridge is one of the most difficult teams to beat, as they are number one in the league and Division 2 for water polo. This season, the Trojans’ win against Woodbridge produced some of the most memorable moments of the entire winter sports season. 

“It proved to us and to everyone else in the league that we are a force to be reckoned with,” junior and varsity player Julia Shabanie said. 

Shabanie explained what makes the UHS girls’ water polo so unique and the teams’ key components to having a truly successful season.

“I think what sets us apart the most [from other teams in the league] is how we have gotten really good at fighting to win games [and] with the right attitude,” Shabanie said. 

After a long and successful season, girls’ water polo advanced to CIF by winning their play-in game against Westlake by a final score of 9-5. However, the Trojans lost to Downey 17-11 in the first round of the CIF tournament, ultimately ending their season.