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From ripples to waves

The City College women’s water polo team played four matches over the weekend of Oct. 13, and, its members say, they couldn’t wait for the opportunity.

“We’re excited, nervous – mostly excited,” said 24-year old kinesiology major Leanna Lopez, a first year team member.

Lopez’ teammate, another first-year member, agrees.

“We’re positive about [about the games],” said sociology major Jeri Smith, 36, with a smile.

“I’ve never played before,”says Smith. “I’m having fun.”

The fun comes largely in part thanks to the skills of head coach Steve Hanson, who coached the team to its first victory of the season – an 11-8 win over Laney College.

Lopez praised her coach.

“He’s so knowledgeable and the way he’s able to relay that knowledge to us in an understanding that everybody gets is really good,” she said.

Overall, she added, the team’s skills have improved since the season started in September.

“There’s been a lot of growth and development as a team and as individual players,” said Lopez. “It’s definitely exciting to see each game [how] everybody steps up their level.”

The team has a 1-12 overall record so far this season, but Hanson says team’s spirits remain high during this rebuilding year.

“[Morale] is getting better, despite our record,” he said, “But we knew from the very beginning of this season it was going to be like that.”

“We get excited when we put the points on the board,” he added. “We get excited about all the good things that happen.”

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“It’s good chemistry that we didn’t have last season,” he said. “This new group is much more team-oriented and group-oriented.”

Still, with a team made up of newcomers, improvement is necessary if the team is to see more wins, he added.

“My assistant coach, Jon Gullone, and I, have been trying to push the right combination of buttons and push the group hard enough without overwhelming them at the same time, which sounds like we’re being a little bit soft,” said Hanson.“However, [after] every game … we practice a little bit more physical and we have a little bit more of the skills we’ve talked about.

“The understanding of the game comes with experience,” he said. “[They] have to play it and [they] have to play it at a high level or against others who are at a higher level.”

Still, Hanson said, the team does have standout players – particularly goalie Hannah Wilman.

“[Hannah] Wilman is an outstanding goalie, just amazing,” he said. “She’s phenomenal at it. Because she is our best athlete, I try to work her into the field as well.”

Hanson praised other team members as well.

“Lopez is a very good swimmer,” he said. “She and Brittney Wilson are our best ball handlers.”

Hanson also pointed to Kayla Smith as a key player, stating that her game improves each day.

“[Kayla] is scoring a lot of goals by chasing down rebounds and being in the right spot at the right time,” said Hanson.

As for the rest of the season, Hanson says he is optimistic.

“If [the women] can take this season’s chemistry and some of last season’s skills and if we can mesh that together and make all the commitment and sacrifices that we do as a team to do better and to dedicate ourselves to it, we could be quite good,” he said.

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