Seniors Camryn Silva, Gisele Garcia, Isabel Juarez, and junior Emily Wolff all filled key roles as Ceres High’s varsity girls water polo program finished second overall in the Western Athletic Conference standings for the third year in a row.
Silva, Wolff, Garcia and Juarez were recognized for their contributions by the WAC’s head coaches this past month.
“When each of those players was doing their job, the team was strong,” Ceres High leader Stephen Dias said.
Silva and Wolff both earned first-team all-conference honors.
“They were dangerous together in the pool."Coach Stephen Dias
“They were dangerous together in the pool,” Dias said.
Camryn, a third-year varsity player, was also selected to the WAC First Team as a junior and sophomore.
Silva led the Bulldogs in scoring for the second year in a row.
She had 81 goals.
“She’s an incredible scorer,” Dias said.
Emily was Ceres High’s second-leading scorer with 58 goals.
She played hole offense and defense.
“She brought stability to the team,” Dias said.
Gisele, Ceres High’s top defensive player, was named to the WAC Second Team.
She had 21 goals.
“She would have scored a lot more but we really needed her on defense,” Dias said.
Isabel was an honorable-mention selection.
She made a name for herself during her first season of varsity water polo. She starred at goalkeeper.
“I was ecstatic about her performance this year especially after losing Camryn Elness to graduation,” Dias said. “She did a fantastic job. She was dedicated. She was fearless. She wanted to learn everything she could about the position. She didn’t want to let her teammates down.”
Ceres High managed to continue its run of excellence this fall despite competing with a re-tooled starting lineup and in a newly-realigned conference.
The Bulldogs posted a 10-2 record against WAC competition.
“We totally exceeded our expectations by a long shot,” Dias said.
Silva, Juarez and Garcia will graduate in June, along with Ceres High teammates Kassandra Armas, Ninweh Gorges, Hannah Brown, Yesenia Colunga, Adriana Lopez and Sabrina Taylor.
“The tough part is I’m losing nine of 14 girls (to graduation),” Dias said. “They’ll be missed. I’m still going to have a strong varsity team because of the players coming up from JV. But we still need to recruit 10 more players.”