Cabrillo girls water polo will not only arrive to Righetti on Wednesday with 15 consecutive Los Padres League championships on its side, but because of ongoing repairs to the Conqs' home pool at Lompoc Aquatic Center, the Conquistadores will also get a rare home playoff game at the RHS pool.
On Saturday, the Conqs, 17-8 overall and 7-0 in the Los Padres League, drew the CIF Southern Section Division 3 home game on Foster Rd., as postseason pairings for each division were announced. The first round Wednesday game is slated for 3 p.m.
While the Warriors finished with the better overall record at 18-7, RHS wound up finishing at second in the PAC 7. However, Righetti does have this to its advantage against the Conqs – the Warriors took both regular season meetings against the 20-time LPL champs this season.
Righetti edged the Conqs 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 3 at the Newbury Park Mistletoe Classic. The Warriors then got the upper hand over Cabrillo 9-5 at the Lompoc Aquatics Center on Dec. 15. On top of that, RHS took two of three meetings versus the Conqs last season (8-4 at Righetti in Dec. 2015 and 6-5 in Jan. 2016 at the Arroyo Grande tournament).
Righetti head coach Roxanne Leasure said defense has been the catalyst for the Warriors.
"We've emphasized defense," Leasure said. "I think overall, we need to play very good defense. We need to take away both sides and put the pressure on them."
Cabrillo head coach Scot Larson knows that even though CHS is the designated home team, his team is in for a challenge.
“I expect it will be a close game,” Larson said on Monday. “They are a good team and we expect it to be a tough match.”
The winner of this Division 3 duel will take on the winner of the Harvard-Westlake and Los Altos battle on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Cabrillo's Hernandez heading to Visalia
Lesly Hernandez of Cabrillo wrestling will be heading to the San Joaquin Valley on Friday, Feb. 24, as she clinched a spot in the CIF Girls Wrestling State Finals in Visalia.
Hernandez took eighth overall at the CIF Southern Section finals in Corona during the weekend of Feb. 10. She will now compete in the seventh annual championship event at the Visalia Convention Center.
The junior 101-pounder, who wrapped up the Los Padres League title on Feb. 8, will be CHS's lone representative at the state meet.