Girls water polo team wins games with confidence


Jay Deegan

Naperville Central sinks a goal into the net on April 7, against Lincoln Way Central.

Kait McHale, Staff Writer

After winning their first game against Glenbrook South on March 10 by 11 points, the girls went on to take down conference team, Waubonsie Valley. 

“This season got off to a really good start,” said girls water polo coach, Jeff Plackett. “It was exciting to see us gain a little bit of momentum from our first couple of wins.”

But these wins didn’t come out of nowhere. Before the season began, the girls took part in preseason conditioning workouts to prepare for the games to come. 

“We had a strong winter conditioning program this year,” said Plackett. “I think the results of that showed up really well within the first couple of weeks of the season.” 

While in season, the girls practice before and after school everyday to maintain and build strength. 

“We’re a really well conditioned team,” said varsity girls water polo goalie Clair Shiffer. “We train every single morning for conditioning and then after school for drills and skills.”

Plackett said the girls confidence has improved shown up positivly in games as a result of their hard work and dedication. 

“We’re starting to see the girls develop more confidence in their own game,” said Plackett. “They’re taking opportunities to shoot that they may not have been as willing to take in the past.”

So far, the redhawks have won 13 of their 15 games this season. 

“We have a pretty good record and winning streak so far,” said Shiffer. “We’re 15 to 2 after winning against Lincoln Way Central last Thursday (4/7).”

As a team, the girls many strengths have allowed them to work together to be successful. 

“We’re counter attacking really well and outlook passing from our goalie is looking really clean,” Plackett said. “We’re also working hard to test the speed of the other teams to create scoring opportunities at the start of a possessions.”

As the season goes on, the girls hope to defeat the 2021 state champion team, Naperville North, and make it to sectionals. 

“We want to get to sectionals, so the goal is to go as far as we can,” Shiffer said. “Playing North is usually where we gamble, but I’m looking forward to seeing how we play.”

The redhawks go on to face conference team, Metea Valley, away, in their next game on April 19.