The Huntington Beach Water Polo 16-Under girls' team placed fifth in its division at the USA Water Polo S&R Sport 2010 Junior Olympics, held Aug. 5 through 8 at various sites in the Los Angeles area.
The event was held in the Los Angeles area for the first time in the 41-year history of the national tournament.
Anchored by Alys Williams (Edison High), Yoshi Andersen (Laguna Beach High) and goalie Savanna Smith (Los Alamitos High), the team went 5-1 in the tournament. Huntington won its first four games against Clovis, Los Angeles Water Polo, Santa Barbara B, and Trojan (Los Angeles). The loss came against Commerce in the quarterfinals. Huntington, however, rebounded to defeat Xtreme (Corona) and Chino Hills Area Water Polo.
The fifth-place game between Huntington and Chino Hills was a rematch between the teams, with Chino Hills winning the first meeting in the Junior Olympics qualifying tournament.
"The girls worked hard and played great," Huntington Coach Vicky Barker said. "To come back and beat CHAWP by seven goals after losing to them by one only six weeks ago was a great way to end the tournament."