Xavier Prep, La Quinta water polo players named All-CIF

Xavier Prep, La Quinta water polo players named All-CIF

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Xavier Prep, La Quinta water polo players named All-CIF

The future of the Coachella Valley’s girls’ water polo landscape looks bright, with three non-seniors picking up All-CIF Southern Section honors for the 2016-17 season.

Xavier Preparatory's Jillian Barbato shoots and scores in the 1st quarter against the Polytechnic Panthers during the CIF Southern Section Division 5 finals in Irvine on Saturday, February 25, 2017,

Xavier Preparatory’s Jillian Barbato shoots and scores in the 1st quarter against the Polytechnic Panthers during the CIF Southern Section Division 5 finals in Irvine on Saturday, February 25, 2017,

In Division 5, the Xavier Prep Saints landed two players on the division’s first team, including junior Jillian Barbato and sophomore Reina Rover. The pair both played a pivotal role in the team’s offense on their trip to the CIF SS championship game, where the Saints came up just short in a 10-5 loss to Pasadena Poly.

In Division 4, La Quinta sophomore Savannah Hampton landed All-CIF honors, despite the team’s first round playoff loss 6-5 to Peninsula. Hampton played a big part in the team’s 15-8 win at the end of the regular season over Palm Desert, leaving coach Cal Lowell hopeful for the future of his young squad in challenging the DVL’s traditional power.

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