Girls’ Waterpolo Faces Clovis West in Valley Semi-finals Tonight

Emma Streich, Reporter

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The Clovis High girls’ water polo team will face their rival Clovis West at 4:30 tonight in the Eagle pool for their chance to play in the CIF Central Section championship game.

Last season, the Cougars faced the Golden Eagles in the Valley Championship game only to fall short. This year the team hopes to put West behind them in the semi-finals.

West is undoubtedly the Cougars’ most challenging opponent and “when” they make it to the final the girls hope it will “be an easier game” says Coach Noah Minton.

Clovis High is seeded No.4 while Clovis West is seeded No.1. The girls have played West a total of two times, and did not win either game. Yet, Minton knows the his team has it in them to win tonight.

The team is, as expected, for nervous tonight’s game. They hope to make it to Valley finals game for the third year in a row.

Clovis North (No. 3) will play Sanger (No. 1) tonight to determine who will move to the championship round which will be Thursday.

The Cougars have defeated Sanger twice this season while splitting their two games against Clovis North.

The girls defeated Clovis East 5-3 in the quarter-finals last Saturday at CHS.

Junior Abby Mammen had three exclusions at the end of the third quarter causing her to be unable to play the fourth quarter. Senior Shelby Vidmar, who normally plays guard, was one of the many who helped fill that hole.

The Cougars had hoped to have a larger gap in the score but “when you are losing some of your best players, it makes it more of an exciting, difficult, challenging game,” Minton said in reference to the loss of Mammen late in the game.

Vidmar scored four of the five goals.

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Girls’ Waterpolo Faces Clovis West in Valley Semi-finals Tonight