With four All-CIF honorees at the core of a large group of players returning this season, the defending champion Temescal Canyon High girls' water polo team likely didn't shock anyone by once again making it to the final four of the CIF Southern Section Division V finals. What may be slightly more surprising is that for the second year in a row, the second-seeded Titans will be matched up against Crescenta Valley in the semifinals at 6 p.m. tonight at Mount San Antonio College.
The Falcons lost their CIF first-team tandem of Kim Fraisse and Adrienne Ingalla, as well as second-teamer Christine Cho, to graduation and yet have arrived at tonight's rematch as the No. 3 seed sporting a perfect 31-0 record.
"It's really been an incredible journey," Falcons Coach Pete Loporchio said. "If you just looked on paper at where we began in terms of the returning number of players we have compared to the Temescal Canyons or the Bonitas, [the Falcons] have really done a tremendous job in terms of putting us in this position."