The Bucs are 5-3 in early-season play for head coach Steve Upp.
“We have two more weeks of non-league matches and our tough Eastern League schedule starts at Coronado on Sept. 24,” Upp noted.
According to Upp, senior Chloe Gallegos is leading the team early on in service aces and senior middle blocker Cassidy West is leading the team with blocks.
Under head coach, Trong Tong, the Bucs come into play this week with an overall record of 4-1 and 4-0 in league play.
According to Tong, Mission Bay has been led to date by Ryan Stone (singles), Rosina Valia (singles), Gwen Lundstrom (singles), Amanda Edmunds (doubles) and Sonja Cayetano (doubles).
“We're off to a great start by being undefeated in league play thus far,” Tong commented. “Although our singles have been stellar, our doubles are getting more consistent results as the lineup is solidifying after having experimented with various pairings.
“Under the guidance of our seven starting seniors, four of our freshmen players are showing promising potentials. Hopefully, we can keep pace so we could set our sights closer to our very first league championship title.”
Boys sand volleyball
The Buccaneers, under head coach Nikki Caufield, opened the season with a pair of narrow losses to Scripps Ranch and Cathedral Catholic, respectively.
Caufield said of the first two matches: "Against Scripps Ranch we won two matches in two games, lost a close match in two games and then lost two matches in the third match tiebreaker. Against Cathedral Catholic all five varsity matches went to the third game tiebreaker with the Bucs picking up only one win.
“If we can just figure out how to win the third game tiebreaker to 15 we'll be great. So far, sophomores Will Francis and Aric Johnson are undefeated as our fourth seed. Seniors Ian Briski and Dusty Schraeder have been playing really well."
The junior varsity posted winning records against both Scripps Ranch and Cathedral Catholic, respectively.
On another note, the on-campus sand volleyball courts are nearly complete and the team is still looking for additional fundraising to complete the courts.
Anyone wishing to donate should email Caufield at [email protected]
Mission Bay comes into action this week with a mark of 1-2.
“Sam Ford is a senior who is our injector for short corners,” head coach Kris Auer commented. “She has brought much needed consistency to her position. Goalie Mckenzie Nuemann has been very solid in her first three games.
“Our team is in every game, but we have only one win. We need to ratchet up our intensity to a varsity level. Once we do that, look out.”
Boys water polo
Mission Bay won its first match of the season (versus Clairemont) for head coach Lyndsay Sutterley.
The Buccaneers have been led early on by Kyle Baker and Alex Branch, according to Sutterley.
“We have some upperclassmen that are really stepping into leadership roles early in the season,” Sutterley said. “We are excited to use this energy as we transition into the beginning of our season.”