Lady Brahmas’ long run ends in finals

Emily Kim, Sports Editor

The Diamond Bar High School girls water polo team made it to the CIF-SS title game before losing 8-6 in double overtime to top seeded Santa Ynez High School at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine Saturday.

“It was a dream come true. If you would have told me three years ago that we would be competing for a CIF championship title I would have never believed it, but we accomplished something incredible,” junior goalie Hannah Murray said via text message.

Although the girls had won their previous CIF matches by an average of nine points, the game against the Pirates proved to be difficult despite the girls’  6-4 halftime lead, after a goal  by junior Phoebe Tsui. However, this would be the Lady Brahmas’ final goal of the game as they were shut out for the rest of the match.

It was the team’s match against Claremont that secured a spot in CIF for the girls. The team won by a one-point margin, 11-10, but the team performed even better in the CIF playoff matches.

The Lady Brahmas dominated from the first round to the semifinal game, never letting the opposing team score into the double digits. Murray credits the semifinal game against Chaffey High School, which the girls won 11-3, as one of the largest confidence boosters for the girls as well as one of the best games of the season.

Overall, the team had a standout season with an overall record of 26-8, improving by 19 games. The girls  placed third in league, a significant improvement from being at the bottom last season.

“I think I can speak for the whole team when I say that we are going to be back. We will continue to work hard together as a team, and accomplish great things for Diamond Bar High School,” Murray said.