PASADENA — For much of the season, Hoover High boys' water polo Coach Ara Oganesyan's approach has been to emphasize team play over relying on the contributions of one player — even when that one player is standout Hakop Kaplanyan.
Arguably, Hoover had one of its best performances as a team on Wednesday afternoon, but with Kaplanyan being blanketed and facing the formidable challenge of Pasadena Poly, it simply wasn't enough, as the Tornadoes succumbed to the host Panthers, 14-8, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs, of which Poly is the fourth seed.
"It's been happening all season," said Oganesyan of his Kaplanyan garnering double-teams. "To be successful, it takes a full team effort. The person not double-teamed has to understand he's not being double-teamed and the guy who is being double-teamed has to understand he is being double-teamed."