History lesson: 3 Santa Barbara area girls water polo teams to play for CIF title in same season

3 Santa Barbara area girls water polo teams will play for a CIF title on Saturday

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The best high school girls water polo in Southern California and most likely in the nation is being played in the Santa Barbara area this year.

For the first time ever, three Santa Barbara area schools are competing for a CIF championship in the same season.

In the CIF Division 1 final, top-seed Dos Pueblos will face Channel League rival San Marcos. The game is Saturday at noon at UC Santa Barbara. It will be the first local water polo final since DP beat Santa Barbara back in 2008.

Santa Barbara is in the CIF Division 2 final where they square off against Newport Harbor on Saturday at 2:30 in Irvine.

Dos Pueblos is 29-1 on the year and has beaten San Marcos in both of their meetings this year. But the Royals (17-10) are on a roll, having upset 2nd seed powerhouse Laguna Beach and the 3rd seed Mater Dei in these playoffs.

San Marcos is making their second straight D1 finals appearance as they lost to Laguna Beach last year.

DP last won a CIF championship in 2011.

Santa Barbara (17-13) is a wild card entry in D2 but the Dons have worked their way all the way to the final game in this 16-team bracket.

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