Women’s water polo clean up at Central Coast Tournament

Gabriel Agurcia, Staff writer

The DVC women’s water polo team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2012 season. They won all four games they competed in at the Central Coast Tournament, which took place at Cuesta College last Friday and Saturday, Sep. 8 and 9.

They defeated Citrus College 13-7, West Valley 17-3, Cuesta College 11-7, and Ohlone College 12-7 in the championship round.

Coach Millington was quick to point out that the scores were not indicative of their performances. He wasn’t happy with the amount of ejections his team accumulated, and he wants better play in extra man situations. “We still have a lot of areas we need to work and improve on,” he said.

Aside from some early season mistakes, Millington was happy with his team’s overall play, the defense in particular.

Millington pointed out that this team is very similar to last year’s team, due in major part to four or five returning starters, which he described as “a huge benefit for us.”

Eight or nine players are very solid according to Millington, with six or seven showing a lot of upside. He also has great goalie play, all three of which played very well in the tournament. Starting goalie Katie Campbell was the best of the bunch, having an outstanding tournament in the eyes of Coach Millington.

In regards to the freshmen, Millington said he expects quality playing time from them all. He pointed out two, Cheyenne Havens and Peachy Vicencio, as ones to keep an eye on this year.

As for expectations, Millington would like to win the conference and North Coast Section, but he stated that it’s still a shot in the dark this early in the season. He said all the goals become more realistic as the season progresses, with his team improving its play along with fellow conference teams. “For the first games of the season they played well as a group. They showed a lot of potential.”