Costa Mesa’s Kira Anderson is Orange Coast League MVP in girls’ water polo

Costa Mesa’s Kira Anderson, shown shooting against rival Estancia on Feb. 5, helped the Mustangs earn their second straight Orange Coast League title.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Costa Mesa High freshman attacker Kira Anderson earned Orange Coast League MVP honors after helping the girls’ water polo team win its second straight outright league title.

Anderson finished with 126 goals for the Mustangs (24-7, 4-0 in league). That broke the Costa Mesa single-season record previously held by Sarah Bowman, who scored 121 goals in 2005. Anderson also had a team-best 74 assists, as well as a team-best 89 steals.

She helped the top-seeded Mustangs advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title game, a first in program history. Costa Mesa lost 10-6 to No. 2-seeded Whittier California.

Anderson was joined by Costa Mesa senior attacker Sey Currie, senior center Taiuta Uiagalelei and junior attacker Hanna Jackson as first-team all-league members. Estancia seniors Sydni White and Gidget Brestel, as well as junior Cassie Corrigan, also earned first-team honors.


Currie and Uiagalelei finished tied for second on Costa Mesa with 63 goals each. Currie added 39 assists and 64 steals, both of which ranked second on the team.

Uiagalelei, bound for Concordia University, had 21 assists and 23 steals. Jackson had 34 goals, 36 assists and 19 steals.

White, Brestel and Corrigan helped Estancia (18-10, 3-1) finish second in the league. The Eagles lost 8-6 to Pacifica in the first round of the Division 6 playoffs.

Second-team all-league selections included Costa Mesa senior Malia Tufuga and junior Michelle Kiefer, as well as Estancia junior Giannina Bauer and sophomore Connie Guzman.



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