The 2024 CIF LA City Section Girls’ Water Polo Championships get underway today with a Division I playoff matchup between the Santee Falcons (3-8) and the undefeated Van Nuys Wolves (11-0). While the Wolves enter as clear favorites, the Falcons are determined to pull off an upset on their home turf.
How to Watch Van Nuys vs Santee
What it is: California Varsity Girls Water Polo
Matchup: Santee Falcons vs. Van Nuys Wolves
Date: Monday, Feb. 5, 2024
Time: 3PM ET
Locations: Santee – Los Angeles, CA
Live Stream: Watch here
Don’t miss this exciting playoff matchup! Catch the live stream of the Santee vs. Van Nuys game today at 3:00 PM ET.
Santee comes into the playoffs with a mixed record, having won only three games this season. However, they shouldn’t be underestimated. Despite their struggles, they boast a strong defensive presence, led by #6 Mariana Gutierrez who has collected 17 steals. If they can shut down the Wolves’ offense and capitalize on scoring opportunities, they could surprise everyone.
Van Nuys boasts an impressive undefeated record, averaging 5.9 goals per game. Their offensive firepower is led by #5 Lorena Guevara, who has netted 24 goals this season. However, their defense has been leaky, allowing an average of 15.3 goals per game. If they can tighten up their defense and maintain their offensive momentum, they’ll be tough to beat.
Key Matchups to Watch
Lorena Guevara (Van Nuys) vs. Mariana Gutierrez (Santee): The battle between the Wolves’ leading scorer and the Falcons’ top defender will be crucial. Can Guevara overcome Gutierrez’s defensive pressure and find the net?
Carissa Alcaraz (Santee) vs. Van Nuys Defense: Alcaraz, the Falcons’ leading scorer and assist leader, will be key to their offensive success. Can the Wolves contain her playmaking ability?
Overall Team Defense: Both teams will need to improve their defensive efforts if they want to win. Which team can make the necessary adjustments and limit scoring opportunities?
This promises to be a close game despite Van Nuys’ undefeated record. The Falcons’ home advantage and strong defense could give them a fighting chance. However, the Wolves’ offensive firepower may ultimately prove too much. Look for a narrow win for Van Nuys, with a final score of 9-7.