Lakeridge girls water polo ready to compete again
The Lakeridge girls water polo team is young.
OK, really young.
The Pacers, after finishing second in the 2018 Three Rivers League race and advancing to the fifth-place game of the state tournament, don't have a senior on their 2019 roster.
But anyone who falls asleep against Lakeridge this year will do so at their own peril.
The Pacers bring back two first-team all-league players — sophomore Cascade Stensland and junior captain Molly Glad, who were also named honorable mention all-state — and another four who picked up varsity experience last year.
"With no seniors on the roster, the squad is young and hungry to prove themselves," said Lakeridge coach Morgan Rauch. "(We) finished second in league and sixth at state last year and are setting our sights on comparable finishes this season."
In addition to Stensland and Glad, the Pacers also bring back junior Emma Kuest, junior Jennie Rollins, junior Kenna Faus and junior Hayden Borelli from last year's varsity team.
"Molly Glad is leading the team and will be a key part of both the offense and defense," Rauch said. "(Both) will play integral roles in the 2019 season."
Also ready for varsity time this season are freshman Charlotte Mitchell, freshman Riley Wilson, freshman Eleni Antonis and freshman Sophia McCarty.
"Rollins, Borelli, Faus and Kuest are ready to step into critical positions, while … Miller, Wilson and Mitchell are key additions," Rauch said, adding that "Evelyn Miller is proving to be a strong goalkeeper and will be a valuable asset to the Pacers' defense."
Regarding the upcoming Three Rivers League race, Rauch said she expects 2018 TRL champ Newberg — the Tigers also finished third at state — should be the favorite.
"Newberg is always a formidable opponent and will look to defend their league title," she said.
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