Many of Gig Harbor’s games this year have been over by the first quarter.
Friday afternoon’s game against the visiting Lincoln Abes was no different, as the Tides jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter, forcing a running clock and cruising to a 20-0 win. The victory pushes Gig Harbor’s record to 13-0.
“It feels good, but it also doesn’t mean anything at this point,” junior Sarah Anderson said. “Last year, we were undefeated and lost at the last game. We just need to keep the same mindset. We need to keep working hard and if we do that, then hopefully this year, we can get the state championship title.”
The Tides have won three out of the past four girls water polo state titles, and with the team dominating this year, anything less than another banner in the pool would be a disappointment for the team.
“We want to strive for the best, and the best is getting first,” Anderson said. “Last year, we had the opportunity to have four years in a row, and unfortunately we lost it. So this year, we want to be the best we can be, and we know that we can win.”
Blowouts are nothing new for the Tides, but they give Gig Harbor ample subbing opportunities and the opportunity for everyone to play and gain experience.
“Rather than just keeping our varsity in the entire time and just keep scoring and scoring, we try to get JV in more, give them more opportunities,” Anderson said. “In a few years, they’re going to be the ones who are going to be varsity. That’s a good opportunity with these types of games. And also, every game, we try to establish good team work, and we try to keep motivated.”
Keeping motivated is tough when the team hardly faces any legitimate competition, but being too good is generally considered a good problem to have. As the Tides approach the home stretch, Anderson said it’s important to continue being a tight-knit team.
“Up to this point–things can get a little stressful,” she said. “If we stay together and we stay supportive, then things go smoothly, and that’s what we need to keep in mind.”