The Puyallup Vikings boys water polo team is excited to test its skills against the best teams in Washington.
The Vikings (15-2-1 overall), who clinched a berth at the South Sound state tournament when they finished second in the South Puget Sound League’s South Division, finished regular-season play Oct. 29 with a 14-4 win against Emerald Ridge. Puyallup’s only losses came against the Curtis Vikings.
Puyallup head coach Travis Braddock said his team will be prepared for the state tournament, which will begin this afternoon.
“We’re going to ramp up our conditioning in the next few weeks,” Braddock said on Oct. 31.
Braddock said a few non-league contests were canceled in late October due to maintenance issues with the pool. The time off gave the Vikings a chance to work on their dry-land conditioning.
“We have a great bunch of guys who are trying to improve every day,” Braddock said. “Our tempo is always good, and we want to keep that going.”
Braddock said co-captain Jake Hodges has led the Vikings in and out of the pool this season.
“Jake does a great job of mentoring the other guys and making sure everyone is up to speed on what we are doing as a team,” Braddock said. “Jake isn’t scoring a lot of goals, but he has a ton of assists and is good at getting his teammates involved. He is unselfish, and that is contributing to our success. It’s better to have a lot of different guys scoring goals than just one or two players doing it.”
Braddock said he expects his team to play well during the state tournament.
“We’re just going to play our best,” he said. “We haven’t played some of those top teams yet, and we will have our chance now.”