Oak Ridge girls' water polo improving

By: Nick Pecoraro Telegraph Correspondent
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Much like their male counterparts, the Oak Ridge girls’ water polo team has hovered around the .500 mark for most of its 2012 season. Head coach Tim McCormick knows that after losing eight seniors from a year ago that it will take a little bit of time for things to really start coming together. “Everything is going as planned,” said McCormick. “We’ve been about 50/50 with wins and losses. Our juniors are getting acclimated to playing at the varsity level. Overall, we’re playing well and every game we’re getting better.” The Lady Trojans sported a 4-4 overall record heading into last week before what would be a five-game stretch over three days. Oak Ridge blanked Monterey Trail at home on Thursday, 21-0 in a Delta Valley League contest. Over the weekend, Oak Ridge played in the Woodcreek Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday for a total of four games. Led by co-captains Emily Uthoff and lone senior Stefanie Polivka, the Lady Trojans split the four weekend contests with losses to McClatchy, 14-6 and Lincoln, 6-1, while gaining a pair of one point victories over Oakmont, 9-8, and Roseville, 10-9. McCormick said before the weekend that playing in this tournament would be a good sign of where his team stood against some of the top teams in the area. “This team is an even playing field. No superstars have developed yet but we’re playing better as a team than teams from years past,” said McCormick. “The most impressive part is that we’re starting to come together offensively. We’ve been a good defensive team. The juniors are finding out that varsity works a little bit differently than JV. But we’ve come together as a team rather than on an individual basis and that’s the biggest hurdle we’ve had so far.” Oak Ridge, now 7-6, continues league play this week at the El Dorado Hills CSD against Laguna Creek on Wednesday and Granite Bay on Friday.