Jesuit water polo defeats Saint Mary’s in tough battle

Plank Article Michael D'Incecco ’22

On Thursday, Sept 9, Jesuit High School Sacramento’s varsity water polo’s team beat St. Mary’s High School, a top team in the section, 12-10. 

For Chuck Jolly ’22, the team’s performance against a top program like SMHS highlighted Jesuit’s teamwork and revealed areas that can still be improved.  

“It was a great team effort,” Chuck said. “I am happy we came away with the win today but we still have a lot to work on. It was a great win and [St. Mary's] is one of the top teams in the section so it’s good to get a win over them and we can build off of it going into November for sections.” 

“I feel we really have to work on our 6 on 5 defense,” Chuck said. “Sometimes we miscommunicate, so I think honestly we just got to work on communicating by learning some new zones and defenses, but if we can do that I am very confident in this team and the expectations going forward are high”

Goalie Jon Bone ’22 agrees with Chuck and attested to the team’s determination.

“We showed a lot of character and showed our strengths,” Jon said.

The Jesuit water polo team is always looking to improve their game. With this in mind, Team Captain Ethan Smith ’22 notes what the team has to improve on. 

“I would like to win sections but short term, week to week, I think if we could slow down and get more organized, we could be alot more effective,” Ethan said.

With a win under Jesuit’s belt, the team is preparing for a number of tournaments in the coming weeks. On Sept. 28, Jesuit has a game with rival Rio Americano High School, and on Oct. 5 they have their first league game against Franklin High School.