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1996 PREP PREVIEW WATER POLO | Six Teams To Watch

Villa Park

September 11, 1996

Coach: Jeff Ehrlich (23rd year).

1995: 26-5, 4-1 in the Century League; lost in Southern Section Division I championship game to Foothill, 8-7.

Key returners: Kyle Baumgarner, two-meter man, Jr.; Mike Nguyen, goalkeeper, Sr.; Joey Pacelli, driver, Sr.; Nick Pacelli, two-meter man, So.

Key newcomers: Chris Greene, driver, So.; Aaron Gutsu, driver, Jr.; Nathan Gutsu, two-meter defender, Sr.; Rick Hollinger, driver, Sr.; Peter Jung, two-meter defender, Sr.

Outlook: The Spartans absorbed a serious blow when Jon Pharris, one of the top goalkeepers in the section, transferred to Newport Harbor over the summer, but they still will be tough to handle. Baumgarner and the Pacelli brothers provide the firepower and Nguyen has been steady in his new role taking over for Pharris. Nguyen's older brother, Paul, was an all-section goalkeeper three years ago. "This team definitely has the potential to play with anybody, because we have three of the top offensive players around," Ehrlich said.

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