Season Recap: Girls Water Polo Wins First State Championship
May 20, 2015 04:01PM ● Published by Kevin
Gallery: State Champion Carroll Girls Water Polo - 2015 [7 Images] Click any image to expand.
The Dragon girls water polo team made it to the postseason this year, opening the state tournament with a 14-1 win over Austin McNeil, followed by a 12-9 overtime win over The Woodlands, an 18-7 semi-final win over Denton Guyer, and finishing with an 11-8 win over Clear Springs to claim the first ever TISCA State Water-Polo Championship in Carroll High School history.
This was also the very first time in the 43-year history of the TISCA Girl's State Water-Polo tournament. that a Team from North Texas has won the Girl's Team Water-Polo State Championship.
Dragon Girls representing Southlake Carroll included:
- Ana Warner, goalie, 2nd Team All-State
- Ashley Baker
- Gabi Gervasi, 1st Team All-State
- Erin Weisert, 1st Team All-State
- Katie Nedrow, 2nd Team All-State
- Sophia Torres
- Gabi Mondragon
- Claire Poole
- Taylor Schimek
- Marina Nelson
- Summer Meyers
- Sabrina March
- Nathalie March
- Miranda Gardner
- Valeria Aceves, Manager
Head coach Joey Yglesias took some time to chat with us about his team's achievements this year.
Southlake Style: This is the first time in school history the girls have won state. Can you talk about the tenacity of this team? How special it is? What it took to accomplish this feat?
Joey Yglesias: The biggest factor, I feel, that contributed to our success this season is hard work these girls put in both in season, and in the offseason. Our high school season only lasts 3 months, so any work they can do in the offseason is a huge asset. All 14 girls play on a year round club team, and more importantly they play on the same club team. Several of these girls have been playing together for 4-5 years now. They all know what their teammates are capable of, and can use that knowledge to make adjustments during the game.
SS: Four girls made all-state honors. Can you talk about them individually and what they mean to the team?
Yglesias: The four girls who made all state were Gabi Gervasi (1st team), Erin Weisert (1st Team), Katie Nedrow (2nd Team), and Ana Warner (2nd Team). While all of our girls are very capable water polo players, these four girls have proven time and time again that they can take control of any game. Gervasi, Weisert, and Nedrow together lead the team in goals, steals, and personal fouls drawn. The three of them together can make a huge impact.
Warner (our goalie, Sophomore) has proven that she is one of the best goaltenders in the state, with over 90 saves this season. Nedrow (Junior), our center, has been playing since her freshman year; and commands respect in the pool. Defenses will often have to double team her, lest they give up goals or be forced to commit a personal foul.
Weisert (Sophomore), is by far our best shooter. If her defender is not playing very aggressive press defense, she WILL score. There are also very few goalies in the state who can block her shots. Weisert's shooting percentage at the state tournament was about 95%.
Gervasi (Freshman), is new on the team, but has been playing since she was 11 years old. She is our best defensive player, and is capable of making the clutch steal or shot block. Both Weisert and Gervasi have been invited to USA Water Polo's National Team Selection Camp.
SS: This is the first time in history a North Texas team won state. I saw some pretty reputable squads represented in the tournament. Can you talk about the overall competition and the ability to overcome tough opponents to achieve this historic title?
Yglesias: For the past 25 or so years, the state tournament has been dominated by teams from Houston, before that San Antonio was the dominant force. North Texas has fallen short in the past; however, each year we have continued to close the gap. This year we were finally able to overtake the Houston teams, and I believe that power is going to be more evenly distributed form here on out.
SS: Talk briefly about the seniors you'll lose to graduation. Are any playing collegiately? Will the team have to go through a big transition? Who do you expect to step up next year to fill the shoes of your top senior leaders?
Yglesias: None of our seniors are playing for an NCAA program, however I do believe that a few of them will be playing club water polo in college. I do not see us going through a really difficult transition next year. Any time players graduate, it effects the team; however, we have a very young and experienced team, and I feel like everyone will be looking to step up and (Hopefully) repeat our state title next year.
SS: Talk a bit about the boys' team season.
Yglesias: The boys were stuck with a rough spot in the bracket. They lost 11-7 to The Woodlands in the quarter final (The Woodlands went on to place 2nd), before defeating Clear Lake 12-4 for 5th place.
We had 2 boys make All-State, Sophomore Zach Lowery (1st team) and Senior Kyle (McCall).
In my opinion, this was the strongest Boys' team Carroll has ever had (despite our 5th place finish). We will be graduating a few players who make a difference on the team; however, like the girls, we do have several younger players who are ready to step up and fill their shoes.
For more information, visit the team's website at slcwaterpolo.shutterfly.com.