2021 18U Girls Junior Olympics Updates?

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2021 18U Girls Junior Olympics Updates?

Postby newtothisgame » Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:28 pm

Only saw a few games so far in the “M” bracket.

Newport Beach beat #1 seed Stanford in the early game.

SET Gray beat Newport Beach in a shootout.

SET Gray beat Stanford 11-7 in the final game this afternoon.

Enjoyed watching some very good water polo today.

Any other reports?

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Re: 2021 18U Girls Junior Olympics Updates?

Postby Justafan22 » Sun Jul 25, 2021 2:32 am

newtothisgame wrote:Only saw a few games so far in the “M” bracket.

Newport Beach beat #1 seed Stanford in the early game.

SET Gray beat Newport Beach in a shootout.

SET Gray beat Stanford 11-7 in the final game this afternoon.

Enjoyed watching some very good water polo today.

Any other reports?



Wait until you see what happened Saturday :shock:

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Re: 2021 18U Girls Junior Olympics Updates?

Postby Justafan22 » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:43 pm

newtothisgame wrote:Only saw a few games so far in the “M” bracket.

Newport Beach beat #1 seed Stanford in the early game.

SET Gray beat Newport Beach in a shootout.

SET Gray beat Stanford 11-7 in the final game this afternoon.

Enjoyed watching some very good water polo today.

Any other reports?


What's amazing is how close Newport came to winning it all. I believe they are made up entirely of Newport Harbor HS girls. I think only one or two that were graduated seniors, and the final could have went either way. Newport was just as good as Socal on that afternoon.

Socal was mostly, graduated seniors, plus two college players, some North Irvine players, who joined right at the Quals, and an out of state player who came just to play in JOs. (not sure what state)

SET A, was loaded also with graduated seniors. All the Laguna Beach HS team members that was invincible. Some North Irvine players also probably migrated to SET

SET B just as amazing as Newport. I believe SET B sometimes plays as SET 17, which are all the players that will still be in high school in the fall

Stanford was seeded 1st but we all knew that was based on past years seedings and the best formula they could come up for this year. Whenit's all said and done, no matter your seeding, you still have to play and win your games

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Re: 2021 18U Girls Junior Olympics Updates?

Postby wpviewer » Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:27 pm

Here's a good recap of the final by Dan Albano: https://www.ocregister.com/2021/07/25/m ... ater-polo/

By DAN ALBANO | [email protected] | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: July 25, 2021 at 11:30 p.m. | UPDATED: July 26, 2021 at 8:56 a.m.
IRVINE — Shedding the challenges of the pandemic. Competing at a high level after losing most of the high school campaign, and all of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. Beating an arch-rival. And finishing their club season, or perhaps club career, with the ultimate prize.

SoCal’s 18-and-under girls water polo team had all these reasons and more to scream, cheer and jump for joy at the Junior Olympics on Sunday, July 25. Recent Foothill High graduate Erin Kim scored on a well-placed, outside shot with 25 seconds left and Emily Ausmus forced a turnover in the final moments to lift SoCal to an 8-7 victory against upstart Newport Beach in a hard-fought final at the Woollett Aquatics Center.

SoCal celebrated its first 18s title since 2018 with a unified leap into the pool, an extended splashdown and spirited medal ceremony. Cheers of “Natty champs!” echoed from the middle of the pool after the JO final for California teams.

“I’ve played with these girls for so long, and just getting one last hurrah with them is just amazing,” said Kim, who scored both her goals in the fourth period en route to be selecting tournament MVP. “We had the goal to win JOs, and we just worked toward that the entire time. Everything that we did, JOs was in the back of my mind. Beating SET, winning JOs, getting these medals, it was in the back of our mind every time we practiced. That’s what motivated us.” The Harvard-bound Kim snapped a 7-7 tie — the sixth deadlock of the match — by firing a shot from about 7 meters through traffic and into the upper, right corner of the cage. The sharp-shooter capitalized as Newport Beach — nearly entirely composed of the Newport Harbor High squad — rightfully dropped extra coverage on center Madeleine Poissonnier at 2 meters.

SoCal’s 2-meter attack of Claire Poissonnier (Foothill grad), Rachel Gazzaniga (Orange Lutheran junior) and Mariah Walker (Long Beach State) combined to draw three penalty shots, including two earlier in the fourth. Kim made sure the inside-outside attack worked with the gold medal on the line.

“My girls fought as hard as heck, they fought through (adversity) and thank God Erin Kim comes up with that game-winner,” SoCal coach Andrew Rowe said. “There were a lot of great 18-and-under teams this year. That’s why you’ve got to give credit to those Newport girls. … They’re going to be a hard high school team to beat for anyone.”

SoCal led 6-5 and 7-6 in the fourth period only to be tied twice by Newport Beach, which featured just one high school graduate in USC-bound center Olivia Giolas (two goals). Left-handed attacker Avery Montiel locked the score 7-7 with a strike from the wing off a cross pass by Alexandra Love (two goals) with 53 seconds left. But SoCal showed plenty of fight, too. Newport Beach led 2-0 in the first but UC Irvine-bound Kennedy East (Redondo) scored twice in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the frame to tie the score and set the tone for the rest of the match.

SoCal signaled its promise in the tournament by defeating SET Black 8-5 on Saturday. SET Black featured many players from Laguna Beach High’s high-powered team along with USC-bound Honnie Vandeweghe-O’Shea from Santa Margarita. “Our confidence sky-rocketed after that,” Kim said. “They’ve been our rivals for so long, and they’ve always beaten us. … They’re always our motivator, always pushing us.” Newport Beach also beat SET in shootouts later Saturday.

Ausmus, a junior attacker at M.L. King, scored a game-high three goals and made a key steal against the power-play in the third. She also forced a ball under on Newport Beach’s final possession with three seconds left. Newport Beach finished 2 for 8 with the extra attacker. SoCal went 3 for 5 on the power-play, made all three of its plenty shots and used a field block from Foothill graduate Kelly Hungerford to stop a 6-on-4 chance in the second period. Goalie Kristen Hemmila, another recent Foothill graduate, had four saves and three steals to help anchor SoCal’s defense and duel Newport Harbor sophomore goalie Anna Reed, who had six saves.

“The journey that they’ve been on, and how much they progressed in the last 10 weeks has been very impressive,” SoCal assistant coach Jason Lynch said of his squad. “It’s been a lot of fun. Their chemistry is probably the best we’ve had on any group.”

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Re: 2021 18U Girls Junior Olympics Updates?

Postby wpviewer » Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:29 pm

Based on the USAWP site, SOCAL and 680 have been the dominant JO 18u top 3 finishers in last 10 years. Each have 7 top 3 finishes. SET next with 5. Santa Barbara 3, Huntington Beach 3, SB 805 2. And with 1 top 3 finish: Newport, SD Shores and Rose Bowl. Similar pattern for the most recent 5 years (SOCAL 680 SET).
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Re: 2021 18U Girls Junior Olympics Updates?

Postby PoloParentfor2 » Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:22 pm

Will be interesting to see what happens in NorCal in the next couple of years with 680 since they do not appear to have much talent in the current 16U group. A number of Diablo girls left for 680 this year and rumor is that more will be leaving given challenges there. The LAMO 16U girls are strong and won’t flip clubs as has happened in the past. Will 680 retain their dominance?

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