Pali High Girls Water Polo Earns No. 1 Seed

Yasmin Ansari and the Dolphins take aim at their first City crown starting Friday at Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center. Photo: Steve Galluzzo
Yasmin Ansari and the Dolphins take aim at their first City title beginning Friday against West Adams. / Steve Galluzzo

 By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

For the first time, the Palisades High girls water polo team has earned the No. 1 seed in the City Section playoffs. The Dolphins will host No. 16 West Adams in the first round Friday at 3 p.m. at Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center.

Reigning City champion Birmingham is seeded No. 2 and last year’s runner-up Eagle Rock is No. 3, followed by four West Valley League schools: Granada Hills, Cleveland, Taft and El Camino Real.

If victorious Friday, Palisades will host either No. 8 Roosevelt or No. 9 LACES in the quarterfinals next Tuesday. The semifinals are next Friday (also at 3 p.m.) and the championship game will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Valley College.

The Western League champion Dolphins beat LACES 21-9 Monday and host Venice in their final regular season game Wednesday.

Birmingham defeated Palisades in the semifinals last season before dethroning four-time champion Eagle Rock in the finals.