Women’s Waterpolo Triumph over LASA in Opening Game

Jessica Wang, Yearbooker

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  • Shraddha Chaudhari ‘25 flings the waterpolo ball over the head of her competition, once again giving Westwood an edge over LASA. The pass propelled the team forward towards scoring as they knocked through the opposition’s defenses.

  • Coach Matthew McBrearty discusses subbing in players with the waterpolo team between quarters. This gave less dominant players from last season the opportunity to score their first goals.

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With a consistent offense and defense, the Women’s Waterpolo team championed over LASA in a 17-5 win at the Micki Krebsbach Pool on Saturday, Aug. 27. 

Abby Horsey ‘24 scored the first goal of the season, lifting the team ahead of their competition. She maintained her disposition throughout the game, scoring a total of four more times and assisting numerous more.

 “My most impactful moment wasn’t me scoring,” Horsey said. “It was helping Jiya Dave ‘24 score her first goal and seeing how proud she was of that.”

The Warriors maintained their 14-4 lead in the third quarter, with several more goals scored by Shraddha Chaudhari ‘25 and a strong defense supported by Katherine Mayer ‘25.

After making state last year, water polo garnered more attention in the Westwood community. The team welcomed several new players this season, including Natalie Rychlikova ‘24 and Ava Nicosia ‘25. 

“Before the game I was apprehensive [because] I didn’t know how we would do,” Valerie Zhang ‘24 said. “But after the game I was really proud of everyone. We were more open, we made a lot of efficient passes, and we scored well.”

Upon conclusion of the game, the team circled around to discuss teamwork tactics and what could be worked on for the rest of the season. Their win against LASA allowed them to apply what they learned in practice and prepare for future games against tougher opponents.

The girls take on Round Rock on Friday, Sept. 2, at the RRISD Natatorium.