Dsc 0333a
Lakewood Long Beach Poly Millikan Water Polo Wilson

CIF Water Polo: Wilson, Millikan, Poly, Lakewood Start Playoffs This Week

All of The562’s water polo coverage for the 2021-22 school year is sponsored by Aqualand. Visit AqualandOfTheFree.com to learn more.

Long Beach got a good series of draws in the CIF Southern Section girls’ water polo playoff brackets released on Monday morning.

Division 1

Wilson received the No. 4 seed in the Division 1 playoffs, a fittingly high seed for a Bruins team that’s having a great season. The Bruins will host Redondo Union on Wednesday evening in the Long Beach State campus pool at 7 p.m.

“We feel great,” said Wilson coach Barry O’Dea. “We had a great week of training and are excited about the opportunity that lies ahead.”

If the Bruins can defeat Redondo, they’d have a quarterfinal against the winner of ML King and Murrieta Valley on Saturday, with a potential semifinal against top-seeded Agoura looming next Wednesday.

Division 3

The Millikan Rams have been the top-ranked team in Division 3 for the majority of the season, and enter the playoffs tonight as the top-seeded team. The Rams finished second in the Moore League, but head coach Jose Guzman said his team has had their eyes on a bigger goal all year.

“This is a special team, they know they have a chance to make history,” he said.

The Rams will host La Quinta tonight at 5 p.m. and then face the winner of Capistrano Valley and Peninsula on Thursday, with a quarterfinal contest ahead on Saturday.

Long Beach Poly was ranked No. 10 in Division 3 and will travel to Citrus Valley this evening.

Division 5

Lakewood received an at-large bid into the playoffs and will travel to Charter Oak this evening at 6 p.m.

Support The562.org

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.