Lady Mats Battle Second Half Woes


Laurie Simons ‘13 prepares to pass the ball in a game against Northgate.

Tennyson May

On Oct. 15, the girls water polo team won the Western States tournament for the first time in the history of the program. The Western States tournament, a prestigious tournament located in Modesto, was comprised of 50 high school teams, and the Lady Mats fought their way through their tough competition, and achieved victory.
Despite coming into the tournament seeded 20th, the Lady Mats won all of their 5 games, including an 8-3 win against Monte Vista, a team that they hadn’t beaten in the past 10 years. In the final game, the girls defeated San Ramon Valley in an exciting 13-10 game. Key players of the tournament include Megan Reid ‘14 and Erin Byrne ‘12. Reid, a talented attacker, scored four goals in the final while Byrne, whose strong center presence forced the opposition to put multiple defenders on her, scored three.
The Lady Mats also found success in Napa at the Harvest tournament. The girls defeated every team that they faced, and only found moderate competition in the final game against Tokay High School, a team that they had previously beaten twice before.
The girls placed 4th in league with a 2-3 record. Although they suffered a tough loss to Campo and lost two close games against Las Lomas, the girls crushed Dougherty Valley and easily handled Alhambra.
League play and taking the Western States and Harvest tournaments placed the girls in a good seeding for NCS. The Lady Mats’ hopes to take a top four seed were achieved as they were ranked 4th in NCS Division-II. However, the girls will need to make improvements if they want to go far in the playoffs.
“We’re not really a second half team,” said Captain Austen Coe ‘12. “We always get really pumped and come out and play an intense first half, but we almost always fall apart during the second.”
“While most teams are starting to slow down in practice, the girls are still keeping up intensity in practice. The team looks to captains Byrne, Coe, Allie Light ‘12, and Alicia Macler ‘12 to help facilitate this needed intensity that will hopefully help get rid of their second half woes.
In the first round of NCS, the Lady Mats took on 13th seed Encinal on Wednesday Nov. 2 at Miramonte, and will continue to play in the weeks to come.