Trojans, Bruins meet in the water to decide postseason bid

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Tim McCormick said his varsity girls’ water polo team has had a good season and he hopes to be feeling the same way after today’s game at home against Ponderosa. A win and the Lady Trojans qualify for the postseason; a loss and Ponderosa advances. The teams have played twice this season with Oak Ridge winning a pair of close matches, 5-4 and 9-8. “I’m happy with how we’ve played, as the girls are playing better than I expected,” McCormick said. “Wednesday I may tell you a different story, though. That game with Ponderosa makes or breaks our season.” The Lady Trojans are coming off a good performance at the Western State Tournament held in Modesto over the weekend, where they won four of five matches. The team won their bracket, which placed them 17th overall in the 32-team tournament. Oak Ridge opened the tournament with a 12-3 loss to Monte Vista, but McCormick said his team played very well against the team that had won the tournament the previous four years. Oak Ridge then defeated Beaverton 11-2, Clayton Valley, 10-9 in overtime, Carondelet 8-4 and Tamapalis, 12-8. Amanda Jones scored all 10 goals against Clayton Valley; a mark that McCormick believes is a school record. “With 10 goals against Clayton Valley, Amanda obviously played well for us during the tournament,” McCormick said. “Our goalkeeper, Korina Grava, has been playing better and better with each game. She was outstanding. Annie Harriman and Kirsten Banks-Gwartney also played well.” McCormick said the weekend’s performance bodes well for the team’s match with Ponderosa. “I’m excited for the match,” he said. “I like the way we’ve been playing.”