8 ranked water polo competes in Naperville Central Invite today

Despite much success under head coach Andy Miner, girls water polo is yet to triumph over the Naperville Central Redhawks.

Ranked eighth in state, the Kits will surely have an intense game against the fifth ranked Redhawks.

“Naperville Central has just been one of those teams who has had our number over the years and if we want to change that, we have to come out strong and ready to play as soon as we get off the bus,” said senior goalie Olivia Everhart.

The Kits will also play Carl Sandburg and Jenison (Michigan). The girls prevailed against Sandburg 9-6 in the New Trier Invite earlier this season.

The Kits will seek their first top 10 win this year when they face off against the Redhawks. They have lost twice to seventh ranked New Trier, once to the first ranked Stevenson Patriots, and once to Oak Park. A win against Naperville would certainly prove these girls to be an elite squadron in the state.

“They are a tough, physical and smart team. We will possibly see them in our CSL tournament games as well as in the sectional,” said Andy Miner regarding New Trier. He knows the Trevians will be tough competition later in the season.

“We’ve had a great team dynamic so far and that’s helping us to have a strong season. We’re looking forward to playing some harder teams and really testing our ability to work effectively as a team,” said senior Mira Ortegon.

The new offense has been very effective in scoring goals but the girls have yet to excel past the state’s top defense’s. Miner also praised the team’s varsity level water polo IQ and their ability to recognize quick advantages.

“Our biggest strength has been our depth. Everyone has the ability to contribute in any game. Our biggest weakness is our mental strength and resilience. We are working on that aspect of our game every day and will hopefully be considering it as a strength. It has definitely improved as the season has gone on,” said Miner.