Mira Costa teams battle in boys water polo, girls tennis semifinal playoff action
by Randy Angel
Mira Costa teams continued to have success in the pool and on the court with both teams advancing to CIF-Southern Section semifinal rounds.
The third-seeded Mustang’s boys water polo team defeated Redlands East Valley 8-4 behind the strong play of Tony Gleason of Hudson Carter and a ferocious defense led by goalie Garrett Allen.
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Mira Costa (20-8) advanced to Wednesday’s Division 2 semifinal contest at second-seeded Dana Hills (20-11). The game will be played at 5 p.m. at Irvine High School.
A victory would advance the winner to the finals on Saturday when it will face the winner between No. 8 Foothill and No. 4 Corona del Mar at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.
Redondo (17-11) was edged by San Marcos 8-7 in a second round loss. Ethan Igloi led the Sea Hawks with three goals and Alex Wrightsman recorded two goals in the loss.
Mira Costa (15-8) defeated top-seeded Cate, then Santa Monica, by identical 14-4 scores before winning a 12-6 contest over host Marlborough in a Division 1 quarterfinal contest on Monday.
The Mustangs advance to host Westlake (18-1) in the semifinals on Wednesday. The winner advances to Friday’s finals at the Claremont Club where they will face the Dana Hills-Troy winner.
In Division 4, Bishop Montgomery (17-0) plays at Temescal Canyon (14-5) in the semifinals on Wednesday. The victor will take on the El Toro-Culver City winner for the championship on Friday.