Huntington Beach’s Emily Tucker earns Wave League girls’ water polo MVP

Huntington Beach senior defender Emily Tucker led the Oilers with 34 goals this season.
Huntington Beach senior defender Emily Tucker led the Oilers with 34 goals this season.
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Huntington Beach High senior defender Emily Tucker earned Wave League MVP honors in girls’ water polo after helping the Oilers win their second straight league title.

Huntington Beach senior utility player Lizzie Lovat, senior goalkeeper Elaina Davey and junior center Morgan O’Connell also earned first-team all-league accolades. Edison junior center Sam Worley and sophomore attacker Lily Worley earned first-team nods as well, as did Marina senior goalkeeper Emma Marsh and Fountain Valley senior attacker Victoria Wilcox.

The Concordia University-bound Tucker scored a team-best 34 goals to go with 16 assists for Huntington Beach (13-13, 6-0 in league). She led the Oilers to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, where they lost 10-7 at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa in the first round.

Lovat, who will play for Iona College, had 20 goals and 15 assists for the Oilers. Davey, bound for San Jose State, made 112 saves. O’Connell had 15 goals, and team-best totals of 26 assists and 20 steals.

The Worley sisters, Sam and Lily, helped Edison (18-14, 4-2) finish second in the league. The Chargers advanced to the Division 4 semifinals, their first CIF semifinal appearance in program history, before losing 8-7 to No. 2-seeded Glendora.

Sam Worley led Edison with 73 goals, adding 11 assists and a team-best 28 steals. Lily Worley tallied 23 goals, 29 assists and 17 steals.

Marsh had a big season for the Vikings (22-12, 2-4), who finished third in league play but went on to win the CIF Southern Section Division 6 title, defeating La Cañada Flintridge Prep 6-4 in the title match. Marina also advanced to the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III semifinals before falling 3-2 to Imperial Beach Mar Vista.

Marsh made a CIF Southern Section single-season record 452 saves. She finished her career with 1,273 saves, which is second in the section record book.

Wilcox was a leader for Fountain Valley, which finished 6-20 overall and 0-6 in the league. The Barons failed to qualify for the Division 5 playoffs.

Second-team all-league selections included Huntington Beach junior attacker Sierra Cavano and sophomore attacker Jericho Callender, as well as Edison junior attacker Ella Jensen and sophomore goalkeeper Madie Ambrose.

Marina freshman attacker Lily Ensley and sophomore attacker Lana Kardos also earned second-team honors, as did Fountain Valley junior utility player Skylar Volz.


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