The Orange Lutheran boys water polo team is back on the pool deck and are a motivated group that is ready to make some noise in the Trinity League.
Hampered by schedule delays and pool closures last season due to Covid-19, the Lancers persevered through a tough stretch of spring matches that ultimately did not reflect what they know they can bring to the table.
As they turn the page and embrace a fresh start, the Lancers are eyeing a league title and a deep run in CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.
“I think we’re going to do really well,” says OLu boys water polo head coach, Nestor Nunez. “We’ve got a group of guys that’s really resilient coming off of what we went through last year. They continued to train after the season was over, and we did our best to stay together as a unit.”
The program will field three full teams this year headlined by a varsity roster that features a large senior class led by returning captain Reed Pantaleon, Donnie Robertson and Leo Giessmann. They will be backed by a number of younger incoming players including juniors Wade Sherlock and Jonathan Carcarey.
Although he has been a part of OLu’s aquatics program for several years, this will be Nunez’s first full season at the helm of the boys team, and he is looking forward to building upon the group’s recent success.
Increased time spent on film review and a renewed focus on preparation routines are both areas of improvement that Nunez will look to as the team gets set to compete.
The Lancers will play a number of strong teams multiple times throughout the season, a strategy that is expected to help prepare them come playoff time. They face their first opponent Palos Verdes on Thursday, August 26, and with both confidence and excitement up, Nunez sees a solid playoff push in the near future.
“I think we’re going to have a really good season,” says Nunez. “The guys are taking it all really seriously. I’m excited to see how they put it all together.”