Pressing onward


Additional reporting by Michelle Wong and Alyssa Hui. 

Senior Olivia Lassa has played for MVHS water polo for three years, three seasons and three coaches. The current coach, Chris Love, joined this year following the resignation of previous girls varsity coach, Gigi Swan. But on top of the change in coaching staff, Lassa has been forced to cope with many other struggles in terms of her water polo career. Although official practices began on Aug. 10, her year on the team is already off to a tough start.


lassa in weight room

Lassa at the chest press. Due to her injury, at practices Lassa has been doing “dry land training,” consisting of self-driven workouts in the weight room, as her teammates practice in the pool.

lassa leg workout

Lassa uses many different machines, primarily working her upper body since her injury is located mostly in her lower back.


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ZaZu Lippert is a senior and she is a News editor for the print magazine. She was formerly a Special Report editor for the print magazine. This is her third year on staff, and when she's not writing and editing for El Estoque, she enjoys to singing, dancing, playing piano and acting.