Sports: M-A Girls Sweep Away Sequoia, Remain Undefeated in League

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Junior Sophia Caryotakis contributed to the Bears' 13-1 win against Sequoia.

The M-A girls’ water polo team came one step closer to winning their league Thursday, as they blasted Sequioa 13-1, improving their league record to 2-0.

With only five total league games, every win helps towards the Lady Bears’ goal of “winning league so that [they] can get the best seeding possible in CCS,” said coach Chris Ruebin.

Their 13-1 win provided little competition for the Bears, who saw the game as “a good opportunity to fine-tune some of [their] offensive and defensive strategies” and “tune-up for [their] match against Sacred Heart on Friday,” according to Rubin.

Junior Jessica Heilman, who won every sprint, and scored 6 of the goals for M-A, played particularly well, and felt she “did a good job posting up and scoring,”with several breakaways, and well setup 2-meter shots.

Rubin paralleled her sentiment, saying the girls did a great job in their “2-meter play on the offensive end.”

Junior goalie Sierra Sheeper also played amazingly well, with 9 blocks, and “has been having an outstanding season” according to Rubin.

Senior teammate Jenna Swartz said her “favorite moment of the game” was when Sheeper “blocked the ball” and then as Sequioa quickly shot again off  rebound, Swartz added, “she was just a wall.”

Though the Bears could not muster a goal in the fourth quarter, they played strong defense throughout, and were “quick in transition,” allowing Sequoia only one goal said Rubin.

However, with multiple ejections, Swartz felt they “should have been more aware on defense, because we let them get position on us a lot.”

Heilman similiarly felt that they “could have had better position defensively so we didn’t get kicked out as much.”

Despite a few errors on the part of her teammates, junior Samantha Henze played an impressive defensive game, and Rubin described her as being “extremely aggressive on the defensive end.”

However, her plays are not without sophistication-Henze acquired no ejections.

She also contributed to what Heilman called her “favorite play”- as she acted quickly, seizing the opportunity for a strategic 6 on 5 shot, when “Sequoia dropped off on her.”

Ball control was a highlight for other players as well-including junior Nicole Zanolli, who had several well-executed assists.

Zanolli, who Rubin said “adds a lot of speed to the team,” was able to use her speed as an offensive advantage, and help to get the ball closer in so her teammates could shoot.

Sophomore Fiona Jackson also contributed 2 goals for the Bears.

All-in-all “everyone played really strongly” said Sheeper. Most importantly, their 2-0 league record means that the Bears “executed what [they] wanted to.”