Adjusting strategies for a strong comeback

Placing second in the Hacienda League with a 5-3 league record, the Lady Brahmas are paddling through their season strong. 

Vanquishing Walnut High School not once, but twice this season, Diamond Bar High School’s girls water polo team persevered through the unprecedented difficulties they faced during the first half of their season. 

“We were better spaced in the Walnut league final game than the first game against them so we were able to effectively pass the ball around and score more,” junior Nichole Arancibia said. “It was definitely hard at first because we didn’t have a coach and were wondering what was going to happen for our season.” 

Not only was there a vacant head coaching spot mid-season that was out of their control, many players also experienced health setbacks throughout the season as well.

“Some of our players have knee problems, which cause them to sit out when they’re in pain,” goalie Arancibia said. “Another setback was having to shut down our practices for a week because 4 people got COVID-19.”

For the next season, the Lady Brahmas hope to top their current season in terms of success. 

“Samantha Jew has been doing really well on offense and defense and Alexandra Condon has been scoring more goals,” Arancibia said. “[However] we need to improve on defense and positioning when on offense.”