The clear favorite to win the Pacific League girls' water polo tournament for the third year in a row is Crescenta Valley High.
The Falcons aren't getting ahead of themselves, though, as the remaining top four teams in league — Burroughs, Pasadena and Glendale (in that order) — still hold title hopes.
Regular-season wins count for a point in the final league standings, but a first-place finish in the tournament, which opens Tuesday at Burbank High, is worth seven points. Second, third and fourth-place finishes yield six, five and four points, respectively.
All season long CV Coach Pete Loporchio has been doing what he can to make sure his squad focuses on themselves, not the opposition, and it's no different leading into the tournament.
"Whenever the girls ask, 'How good is this team?' I usually respond with 'How good are we?' That's what we need to concern ourselves with and that's been our concern," said Loporchio, whose team is tied for third place in the latest CIF Southern Section Division V poll with Redlands East Valley. "We focus on what we can and can't do and rely on that regardless of who we play."