by Lynlee Smith, ASU Intern
It has been a tough year for the Arizona State Women’s waterpolo team. However this has not stopped the spirit of the team and their focus on fulfilling their dreams in making the NCAA championships held in Michigan in May. Currently ranked 7th in the nation they are confident they can still fulfill their ultimate goal.
“We have improved every week, although some of our results have been unlucky we are still playing great waterpolo”, Captain Sarah Harris said.
The Sun devils are half way through their season having played Cal Berkeley, UCLA and USC. To date there has been some unlucky results for the Sun devils, loosing to Cal Berkeley 11-7, UCLA 8-1 and USC 12-3.
“Currently we haven’t won a conference game, however have had some very big competition to come up against first up. Cal Berkeley are very strong this year as well as USC”, Senior Candice Phillippe stated. “We were unlucky in our game against UCLA, we created a lot of great opportunities however couldn’t seem to put the ball away in the cage, our shooting has improved since then and I am confident that we will put up hard competition for our up and coming opponents”.
The team is still working hard and very focused on their opportunity to still make the NCAA championships at their all conference tournament MPSF at the end of April. MPSF conference is the hardest conference in the United States for waterpolo however this hasn’t busted the spirits of the Sun Devils. “We have a great group of girls who are constantly working hard and wanting to improve every aspect of their game each week, there is no reason why we can’t take out the top teams at conference championships at the end of April”, Harris said.
The team is scheduled to play ranked 9th San Jose Spartans at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center next weekend as their last home game for the season. The Mona Plummer Aquatic Center is located just off the Lightrail on Veterans Way, across the road from Sun Devil Stadium. Get down and support your local Sun devils.