By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
CLAREMONT – La Serna High School felt just making the CIF-Southern Section girls water polo Final Four was enough of an accomplishment last season.
That was then, and this is now. And this time, the Lancers were hoping to reach a little higher and because of the senior Gabby Pierandozzi, they reached their goal.
Pierandozzi scored four goals, all in the fourth quarter, and goalie Jacqui Verdugo blocked a shot with 15 seconds left and the Lancers advanced to the championship round with a 10-9 victory over top-seed Bonita Wednesday in a Division 4 semifinal at Pomona College.
La Serna, also getting two goals each from Isabella Villa and Jenel Rivera, improved to 21-10 and will face Troy, which defeated Los Altos, 7-6, in the finals at William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.
The time will be determined today.
Bonita, which received six goals from Natalie Rivas and 10 saves from goalie Millie Moro, finished 23-8. The Bearcats had a chance to tie, but Angela Gomez’ shot with 13 seconds was blocked by Verdugo.