The Laguna Beach Water Polo Club girls' 14-Under team tuned up for the upcoming Junior Olympics tournament by playing up and winning the 16U division Sunday at the Hale Summer Championships in Riverside.
The three-day tournament includes teams from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Laguna was one of 22 teams entered in the 16U division.
Laguna opened the tournament July 20 with a 15-4 win against PNW United from Washington state. The team started its Saturday game schedule against British Columbia. Laguna fell behind, 2-0, and still trailed, 4-3, but rallied for a 6-5 victory. Later that day, Laguna cruised past Foothill, 13-5.
Laguna played International from Los Alamitos in a semifinal game Sunday. A 12-4 win put the locals in the division final, where it faced Commerce. Laguna took the early lead and held off a late Commerce charger to earn a 7-5 victory.
The Laguna 14U team, which is coached by Erich Fischer and Scott Baldridge, is: Bella Baldridge, Gabi Beren, Maia Borisoff, Haley Evans, Aria Fischer, Ally Jochim, Sophia Lucas, Holly Parker, Natalie Selin, and Thea Walsh.