Photo By William Martin / Viking - Goalkeeper Kendall Johnson and fellow Vikes uni-formally defend the net against Mt. San Antonio Oct.18.
Photo By William Martin / Viking – Goalkeeper Kendall Johnson and fellow Vikes uni-formally defend the net against Mt. San Antonio Oct.18.

By Samwell Favela / Social Media Editor

LBCC women’s water polo team lost three games in the 16th annual truWest Battle at the Beach women’s water polo tournament Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26.

Friday’s tournament was hosted by LBCC, with Cypress hosting on Saturday. Exactly seven of the teams that participated in the tournament are Top 10 in the state, which meant the Vikes faced tough competition throughout the weekend. Additionally two starters were out due to illness, including the goalie. The Vikes opened the tournament on Friday at 7 a.m. against No. 3 Fullerton. In this case, the early bird caught defeat, with the Vikings suffering a 14-5 loss. Defender Ranya El-Tawil and attacker Adrienne Alaniz tallied two goals each in the loss. The team came closer in their second game against No. 7-ranked Los Angeles Valley College but lost 7-5.

Day two of the tournament at Cypress did not go well for the Vikes either. Coach Chris Oeding said, “We had some tough possessions against L.A. Valley that didn’t go our way.”
Even though LBCC had a tough weekend, some good team chemistry occurred. An attacker filling in as goalie, Taylor Faust, blocked 16 shots in LBCC’s last game against Palomar. In that same game, attacker Haley Flathers achieved her first goal of the season, following a cheer from her fellow teammate, Katherine White, “You just got Flathered!” When talking about hosting the tournament, the team expressed a general consensus.

Oeding described it as, “Chaos. It goes from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.” At the end of the tournament, Cuesta and Golden West were the two teams which brought the best competition to the very high-level talent pool.
The Vikings are 3-2 in conference play and have two more conference games Wednesday, Oct. 30, in back-to-back home games against Rio Hondo and East L.A.