Women’s varsity water polo outlasts Oak Ridge

Grizzlies win their Sierra Foothill League opener after consecutive losses the weekend before


Justin Ha

Natalie Quilala faces off Rachel Kowalchick, trying to win the first quarter sprint for Granite Bay.

It was the first day of October and while most people were doing homework or hanging out with friends, the girls’ varsity water polo team was viciously fighting the Oak Ridge Trojans.

Like many water polo games, there was not a single dull moment as the two teams wrestled it out for all four quarters at maximum effort.

The Grizzlies took a strong lead through the first quarter with a score of 4-1. The team jerked and jeered from the bench as the game played out in front of their eyes.

Coach Tyson Frenn passionately commanded his athletes through each interaction as they headed into the second quarter.

The second quarter played out the same as the first with Granite Bay keeping a stable lead over Oak Ridge with a score of 6-3.

As the end was approaching, the Grizzlies were able to hold off the Trojans, keeping a 7-4 lead.

The members of the team both in and out of the pool had a passionate energy and were screaming and thrashing through the entirety of the game.

In the final quarter, Granite Bay surged ahead, thanks to some great offensive plays and impressive saves from the Varsity captain and goalie, May Lin. 

The game wrapped up with a final score of 10-5. Both teams put up a steeler fight but at the end, still shook hands respectfully on the deck across the pool, showing great sportsmanship.

“I think it went really well,” Paige Beater said. “We were finally able to execute what we have been working on at practices.”