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Based on the experience of six players, Allyson Young, the Burbank High Head Coach for the girls’ water polo team, believes this season will be significantly better than the previous campaign.

“I think that we are going to have a better season this year than last season because of the experience from those six players,’’ she said. “I expect more because I have a lot of returners.’’

Young then added: “I think they can be good leaders for the younger players because they understand the varsity game,’’ she noted.

Those key contributors include senior driver Sune Aghakian, who poured in 49 goals, senior utility Lexi Lyneis, who delivered 38 tallies, senior driver Tara Goodwin, junior driver Camila Salas, junior driver Michelle Morlock and junior utility Patil Minassian.

The Bulldogs were 6-18 overall, placed fifth in the Pacific League and failed to qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs a season ago.

Burbank opens the league portion of its schedule against Pasadena on January 9 and will host archrival Burroughs on January 16.

The rest of the team includes senior driver Angelica Perez, senior driver Melissa De La Cruz, senior driver Valentina Abadjian, junior goalie Suzie Misiryan, sophomore driver Sophia Brice, sophomore driver Sera Saahbazian and sophomore driver Michelle Mirzoyan.

The Bulldogs are 3-3 after knocking off host La Salle 16-3, losing to host San Marino 6-5, beating Louisville 9-7 and Torrance 8-3 in the Burbank Tournament, but falling to Monrovia 12-3 and San Marino 15-9 in the same tourney.

Burbank will also visit West Covina on December 6, then play at Beverly Hills on December 12 and travel to Calabasas on December 15.

The remainder of the schedule includes a road league game versus Hoover on January 11, at home against Glendale in a league game on January 18, on the road in a league game against Arcadia on January 23, at home versus Milken in a nonleague match on January 25 and a league clash at Crescenta Valley on January 31.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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