Carpenter, entering his 25th season at the helm, inherits an
experienced corps that includes seven returners he hopes will keep
defenses constantly guessing.
"The thing you don't want is to get into a vanilla game where the
ball goes in set, to the driver, and then to the right," Carpenter
said. "You want to mix it up a little bit ... single set, double set,
no set. Every year, we try something different. We have done no-set
offenses in the past."
Carpenter said the Eagles worked on the counterattack during a
summer that included a 10-5 record in tournaments.
"We have good overall team speed," Carpenter said.
One of the Eagles' faster players is junior Chad Kunert, who
scored more than 30 goals last season, Carpenter said.
Kunert and senior co-captain Sean Goodman, both entering their
third varsity season, figure to be the Eagles' top two offensive
threats, Carpenter said.
Goodman scored roughy 60 goals as the Eagles went 9-11, 2-4 in the
Golden West League, last season.
Estancia returners also include seniors Matt Metkovich, who will
also enter his third varsity season, and Richard McElveny, along with
juniors C.J. Buchmann, Danny Alderete, Devon Mellin and co-captain
Alderete is a threat at two meters, Carpenter said, while McElveny
will make the switch to starting goalkeeper, taking the place of
Nathan Marsteller, who started the last three seasons.
McElveny, primarily a field player, saw limited time in goal last
season, but made strides this summer.
"[McElveny] improved a lot," Carpenter said. "He is quick."
Carpenter also expects junior Brock McDonald, who played on the
junior varsity team last season, to see adequate time on varsity this
The Eagles have been holding their preseason workouts at Costa
Mesa's pool to allow crews to make needed repairs to fiberglass
sections peeling off in Estancia's pool.
Carpenter expected the Eagles to be back in their own pool by
Tuesday at the latest in preparation for their Sept. 14 opener
against visiting Savannah.
Carpenter hopes the Eagles can earn one of the top three places in