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Upper Perkiomen Water Polo Teams Charging to Playoffs
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            The Upper Perkiomen boys water polo team has relied on its cohesion and adaptive ability to continue piling up victories, according to junior goal keeper

Upper Perkiomen senior Erin Dunphy, right, looks to
take a shot on goal against Gov. Mifflin.

Zach Fetchen. He said the players continue to amaze themselves with every wins.

            "Compared to last year, we're very surprised with how well we are doing," Fetchen said. "We've never had this good a record."

            With five games remaining in the regular season, the Indians need only two more victories to post consecutive winning seasons. Head coach Brien Kalnoski says that accomplished would be unprecedented in school history.

            Beyond that, the team is shooting for its initial appearance in the PA Water Polo conference playoffs. Kalnoski and Fetchen didn't rule out qualifying for the small school state championship.

            "We're hoping for the best," said Fetchen, a three-year starter and team captain. "We're going to continue to play our game."

           The girls team needs to win two of its remaining four games to post a winning record for the first time in recent memory. They have a similar goal of reaching the league playoffs and competing for the newly created small school state title.

            On Monday, the boys team lost 16-9 to Governor Mifflin in a non-league match. Fetchen described the visiting Mustangs as one his team's toughest opponents of the season. He described their players as good at taking hard shots, winning loose ball and playing hard defense. According to Kalnoski, competitive opponents can only help his team later in the season.

            Trevor Cairns has emerged as Upper Perkiomen's team's leading scorer. According to Kalnoski, Cairns understands leverage and positioning.

            According to Fetchen, the Indians (10-5 overall) have relied on solid communication skills to overcome some minor issues, including learning curves for some of the ninth graders.

            "We're a fairly close team," he said. "We're able to talk through our problems."

            In the pool, the Indians have shown the ability to make mid-game adjustments, according to the goalkeeper. Earlier this year, Springfield (Montco) utilized a lineup shift to generate some offensive opportunities. According to Fetchen, the team shifted an outside swimmer with an inside player to create an open shooter.

            "We nipped that in the bud real quick," he said. "We noticed it in the first quarter, and by the second quarter we were working on how to get over it. By the third inning, it wasn't a problem. We're very good at adapting to those situations."

            According to Kalnoski, Fetchen has emerged as a critical team leader and an effective goalkeeper. He said the player has learned to play the angles and anticipate shots. "Zach knows when to block a shot with one hand or two," the coach said.

            Fetchen said he's come a long way since his freshman season. By the start of his sophomore season, he learned to be more aggressive. Most of his actions have become instinctual.

             "Early on, I had a very large learning curve," Fetchen said. "I've become pretty good at getting out of the water and being ready for the ball. There are some things I have to keep reminding myself to do, such as catch the ball with two hands when it is shot close to my body."

            The girls (8-7 overall), playing without one starter, lost 12-8 to Gov. Mifflin on Monday afternoon. According to Kalnoski the team's ball movement and pool awareness has improved over the course of the season. "They have developed a lot of confidence," he said. 

            The performance of Faith Kilbride, a key offensive contributor, has improved in recent weeks, according to the coach. Kalnoski said Kilbride – who plays a position known as the hole set, positioned in the middle of the offensive formation and touches the ball on every possession – is learning how to manipulate the defense with the ball.

            "It's a tough position to play," Kalnoski said. "Faith has real good awareness."

            Kilbride always looks to take a shot, but is often forced to make a pass because defenders drop off.

            "Someone is always defending me," she said. 






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