The Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team gets out of the pool during the fall season.
From time to time, the Sea Kings play dodgeball. It's a good team bonding exercise and brings out the competitiveness in some of the players.
Run for cover if Pippa Saunders has the ball.
"It's funny, you always have certain athletes out there who sort of love to step up in certain moments," CdM Coach Sam Bailey said. "Pippa's one of those athletes. She's fearless, as far as going for a loose ball, moving out of the way, very passionate about stepping up and trying to make the hit. You definitely see Pippa's leadership, her competitiveness."
The first-year coach never questions Saunders' leadership. The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week has shown it time after time for the Sea Kings.
One of the more recent examples came in last weekend's Holiday Cup. Saunders scored the game-winning goal in overtime Saturday as CdM topped Laguna Beach in the semifinals, 8-7. Saunders had a fine game in the title match loss to Dos Pueblos as well, with a goal, two assists and two steals.