SOVA Water Polo

SOVA Pool Locations

  • Golden West (GWHS) 1717 McAuliff Road Visalia, CA 93292

  • El.-Diamante (EDHS) 5100 W. Whitendale Visalia, CA 93277

  • Mt.-Whitney (MWHS) 900 South Conyer Visalia, CA 93277

  • Redwood (RHS) 1001 W. Main Street Visalia , CA 93291

  • Exeter (EUHS) 505 Rocky Hill Dr Exeter, CA 93221

  • Lindsay (LWCP) 860 North Sequoia Lindsay , CA 93247

  • Lemoore (LHS) 101 E Bush St. Lemoore, CA 93245


South Valley Water Polo Club - Announcements
  • Boys 18U Roster for JO Quals Tournament

    Posted June 16, 2021

    Roster for JO Qualification Tournament this Weekend. These players are are roster eligible through USA Water Polo and have registered 

    @ https://www.secure-sam.com/www.sovawaterpolo.com/sam/store/item.php?itemID=40552

    Cole Costa

    Aidan Apgar

    Travis Applegate

    Aidan Champagne

    Brett Hanke

    Duncan Champagne

    Braden Rohman

    Oliver Hunt

    Cyrus Hill

    Cohen Cotten

    Wyatt Daniels

    Jared Ojeda

    If your name is not on the list and you plan on attending, please register here before 8:00 PM:

    https://www.secure-sam.com/www.sovawaterpolo.com/sam/store/item.php?itemID=40552

  • SOVA Suits have arrived

    Posted June 15, 2021

    SOVA Suits have arrived in time for the JO Qualifier Tournament

    The SOVA suits arrived today.  I will have them at practice and I will make sure the 14U Coaches have them at tomorrow's practice.

    Thanks!

    SOVA Administration

    Michael Yenigues

    559-786-4453 (best text)

    myenigues@gmail.com

  • Scrimmage Wednesday at El Diamante High School

    Posted June 15, 2021

    4:30 PM Wednesday, June 16th: Boys 16U & 18U Scrimmage at El Diamante

    We have scheduled a scrimmage with El Diamante High School on Wednesday to help us prepare for the Quals Tournament this weekend.  There is no practice at MWHS Wednesday. Both 16U and 18U will meet at El Diamante High School at 4:30 PM.  Scrimmage is scheduled for two hours: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

  • Jo Quals Game Schedule 14U & 18U

    Posted June 15, 2021

    JO Qualifier Tournament - Saturday Game Schedule

    Boys 14U:

    Saturday - Clovis East High School

    8:50 AM v Royal Red

    11:20 AM v Ripon

    1:50 PM v ARWPC A

    6:00 PM v Sacramento

    Boys 18U

    Buchannon High School

    9:00 AM v Bakersfield WPC

    1:00 PM v TBD

    Remaining Saturday games depend on win/loss record

     

     

     

  • JO Qualifier Rosters

    Posted June 14, 2021

    16U Team has been divided between 18U and 14U for JO Qualifier Tournament

    Boys 16U did not have enough eligible players to submit a roster for the JO Qualifier Tournament. All eligible players have been moved to the 14U and 18U teams. If those still awaiting age verification clear with 48 Hours I can add them to the roster. If you applied for age verification in the last two days, please make sure you selected the "expedited" option so it clears ASAP.

    18U Roster: (Waiting for Jared Ojeda & Andres Ramos to clear age verification)

    Cole Costa

    Aidan Apgar

    Travis Applegate

    Aidan Champagne

    Brett Hanke

    Gabriel Maillard

    Anthony Yepez

    Duncan Champagne

    Braden Rohman

    Oliver Hunt

    Cyrus Hill

    Cohen Cotten

    Wyatt Daniels

    Boys 14U Roster: (Waiting for Kelan Anderson, Cohen Swanson, Zion Sears, Beau Swanson, Azad Toor & Reece Phillips to clear Age Verification)

    David Ross* (Not sure he will be attending)

    Samuel Feierbach

    Samuel Noricumbo

    Caiden Wallace

    Jake Muth

    Tyson Phillips

    Caleb Solis

    Parker Cotten

     

  • Boys 14U JO Roster Requirements

    Posted June 14, 2021

    12 Players listed for Boys 14U JO Team.  If you are not on the list and plan on going to JOs with Boys 14U contact me ASAP (559-786-4453 *** myenigues@gmail.com).  Roster submission deadline is tonight at 9:00 PM.

    If your name is listed below and you are not “Cleared”, please resolve the issue ASAP.  It must be resolved tonight by 8:00 PM.  My submission deadline is 9:00 PM and I need an hour to resolve any submission issues should they arise.

     Cleared:

    David Ross

    Samuel Feierbach

    Samuel Noricumbo

    Caiden Wallace 

    Tyson Phillips    

     Caleb Solis         

    These individuals have a Bronze Athlete membership and are not eligible to compete in this National Tournament. Please upgrade to Gold.

    Kelan Anderson

    Cohen Swanson

    Zion Sears

    Beau Swanson  

     Azad Toor

    Age Verify:

    Kelan Anderson

    Jake Muth

    Zion Sears

    Beau Swanson  

    COVID-19 Return to Play Waiver

    Azad Toor

  • Boys 16U JO Roster Requirements

    Posted June 14, 2021

    10 Players listed below for Boys 16U JO Team.  If you are not on the list and plan on going to JOs with Boys 16U contact me ASAP (559-786-4453 *** myenigues@gmail.com).  Roster submission deadline is tonight at 9:00 PM.

    If your name is listed below and you are not “Cleared”, please resolve the issue ASAP.  It must be resolved tonight by 8:00 PM.  My submission deadline is 9:00 PM and I need an hour to resolve any submission issues should they arise.

     Cleared:

     Wyatt Daniels  

      Cyrus Hill           

      Joseph Ross    

    These individuals have a Bronze Athlete membership and are not eligible to compete in this National Tournament. Please upgrade to Gold.

    Parker Cotton

    Kelan Anderson

    Adam Hohne

    Zachary Chapman

    Jared Ojeda

    These individuals need to have their birth date verified through USAWP.

    Jared Ojeda

    Cohen Cotten

  • Club Affiliation must be SOVA for JOs

    Posted June 14, 2021

    PLAYER CLUB AFFILIATION MUST BE SOVA FOR JO ROSTER

    Some of our players are associated with other water polo clubs in their USA Water Polo accounts. That is fine for the tournaments we have attended.  To be on the roster for JO Qualifier Tournament and the JO National Tournament - YOU MUST BE AFFILIATED WITH SOVA.  For the JO Qualifier and National Tournaments, USAWP does not allow anyone on the rosters unless they  are affiliated with the registered club.

    Also, please make sure you are AGE VERIFIED.  That is mandatory for JO Qualifier and JO National Tournaments.

    TONIGHT IS THE ROSTER DEADLINE FOR THE JO QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT.

    Please check your USAWP account and make sure you are completely current and meet all eligibility requirements.  I must submit the rosters BEFORE 9:00 PM TONIGHT.

    Thanks!

     

    SOVA Administration

    Michael Yenigues

    559-786-4453 (best text)

    myenigues@gmail.com

  • Hotel Block Reservations for JO Tournament

    Posted June 13, 2021

    SOVA Hotel Block Reservations for JO Tournament in Irvine, CA

    Starting this evening I will begin verifying team rosters for both the JO Qualifier Tournament next weekend and the JO National Tournament June 16th thru 20th in Irvine, CA.

    JO Qualifier Registration: 

    https://www.secure-sam.com/www.sovawaterpolo.com/sam/store/item.php?itemID=40552

    JO National Tournament Registration:

    https://www.secure-sam.com/www.sovawaterpolo.com/sam/store/item.php?itemID=45584

    We will want to get the JO National Tournament Roster verified ASAP so our SOVA families can reserve a block of hotel rooms with the USAWP discount in Irvine.

    USA Water Polo Hotels (reservetravel.com)

    We will start planning and organizing now to help make JOs a blast for everyone.

    Thanks!

    SOVA Administration

    Michael Yenigues

    559-786-4453 (best text)

    myenigues@gmail.com

  • SOVA Families BBQ Planning

    Posted June 13, 2021

    Planning SOVA Families BBQ for Saturday, June 26th

    Our Summer JO Session has taken off with three tournaments in a row and barely time to breath after a year of COVID induced inactivity. After the JO Qualifier Tournament next weekend in Clovis (June 19th & 20th), we finally have a free weekend (June 26th and 27th) before July 4th and then one more tournament weekend before the USAWP Boys Junior Olympics National Tournament in Irvine, July 16th through July 20th.

    Let's start planning a team event for our families to meet, have some fun and relax before the push toward JOs.  We can plan an event for all three teams, 14U, 16U  and 18U or each team can plan team events.  If I could get at least one parent from each team to contact me as a volunteer organizer, I will work with you to faciliate communications and make sure everyone can connnect.

    Thanks!

    SOVA Administration

    Michael Yenigues

    559-786-4453 (best text)

    myenigues@gmail.com

  • Lodgings for Junior Olympics - July 16th thru 20th

    Posted June 12, 2021

    USA Water Polo Discounted Hotel Rooms for 2021 Junior Olympics

    Irvine, California - June 16th thru June 20th

    USA Water Polo Hotels (reservetravel.com)

     

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO GRANT SNYDER

    Posted April 23, 2021

    SOVA ALUMI NAMED COLLEGE WATER POLO ALL AMERICAN

    Grant Snyder, playing for the US Air Force Academy, has earned 2nd Team All American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).

    Read the story here: 

    https://goairforcefalcons.com/news/2021/4/22/grant-snyder-earns-all-america-honors.aspx

    A note to SOVA from Grant's father:

    Coach Mike

    Thanks for the email.  Wanted to share that one of your ex South Valley Water polo players received All American status for water polo at the Air Force Academy.  Thank you for providing the opportunity for Grant to play water polo for your program.  South Valley water polo opened many doors for Grant and planted the seed for his success with Air Force Waterpolo and his All-American status.

    Sincere thanks

    Gregg Snyder

 
Practice Schedule

SOVA PRACTICE SCHEDULE

June 14th thru June 20th

Mt. Whitney High School Pool

Age Group Weekday Practice Times Sat. Practice Times
Boys 18U TU & TH 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM JO Qualifier Tournament
Boys 16U MON & WED 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM JO Qualifier Tournament
COED 14U & Below MON & WED 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM JO Qualifier Tournament
Girls 16U/18U MON - THURS 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM TBD
Friday Shooting & Goalie Clinics
All Ages No clinic - Rest for tournament
*JO Qualifier Tournament starts the following morning.

2021 SUMMER JUNIOR OLYMPICS SESSION

Online Registration is Open Now

$250.00 Fee Per Session Per/Player


Summer/JO Session: May 17th thru July 30th

 
SOVA ALUMNI: All American Grant Snyder
 

Welcome to South Valley Water Polo Club!

SOVA is committed to helping our players learn the game and then prepare to play the game at the college level. We have partnered with Olympian Tony Azevedo and 6/8 Sports to support our SOVA College Ready Program with his Player Showcase Event. This year's event is especially important because high school players missed a year of competition and have had limited to no visibility to potential college programs and coaches. This player showcase event (6-8 Series) is an invitation event to 16U & 18U players in the South Valley. It is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 1st, 2021.

It will include the skills challenge with 7 core water polo skills tests with the results recorded to the player profile and added to the mobile application and national database. There will also be drills sessions and/or 3-man/women team tournament that is video taped and a formal evaluation drafted for the players and provided to college coaches. We will update the site often with additional details and registration links. MARK MAY 1ST ON YOUR CALENDAR.

No Tournaments currently cleared in California

College Ready College Showcase coming May 1st @ Lindsay Community Pool

Great information here for parents and new players.

SOVA BOYS 18U TRAVELS TO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

SOVA GOES 4-1 AT SALTY SPLASH CLASSIC - OCT. 5th thru 7th

Nice work gentlemen! See game videos below.

 
Salty Splash Classic Tournament - B18U SOVA v. ZILLA
 
Salty Splash Classic Tournament - B18U SOVA v. VAWP
 
Salty Splash Classic Tournament - B18U SOVA v. Olympus
 
USA vs Serbia - December 18th 2019 @ Cathedral Catholic HS - San Diego
 
USA Women's Team sinks Spain for three-peat at World Championships
 
SOVA Players Earn High School Honors!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SOVA PLAYERS

FOR THEIR 2019 HIGH SCHOOL SEASON HONORS

These SOVA players had a great high school season:

(Please contact us if we have missed a SOVA player so we can update - director@sovawaterpolo.com)

Kingsburg High School - Undefeated in Central Sequoia League play. CIF Central Section D2 Semi-Finalists

Seiji Shinkawa - Kingsburg: CSL Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All CSL

Shoji Shinkawa - Kingsburg: CSL Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All CSL

Jace Peterson - Kingsburg: 2nd Team All CSL

El Diamante Coach David Mitchell will coach the SOVA Boys 18U Team in 2020 (El D won the D2 Central Section Championship and advanced to the D3 State Semi Finals)

Thomas Contreras - El Diamante: D2 Central Section Championship, 2nd Team All WYL

Collin Chase - El Diamante: D2 Central Section Championship, 1st Team All WYL, 1st Team D2 All CIF

Robert Perez - El Diamante: D2 Central Section Championship, 1st Team All WYL, 1st Team D2 All CIF, East-West Senior All Star Game

Aidan Mills - El Diamante: D2 Central Section , East-West Senior All Star Game

Redwood High School - WYL League Champions & Advanced to 2nd Round D1 Playoffs

Logan Parsley - Redwood: WYL League Champions, 1st Team All WYL

Mt. Whitney High School Coach Michael Yenigues will coach SOVA Boys 18U team in 2020 (MW advanced to the D3 Central Section Finals)

Johnny Northcutt - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner up, 1st Team D3 All CIF, WYL MVP, 1st Team WYL, State Scoring Leader, East-West Senior All Star Game

Travis Applegate - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner up, 1st Team D3 All CIF, WYL Honorable Mention

Ethan Bennett - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner up, WYL Honorable Mention, D3 2nd Team All CIF

Jack Hohne - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner Up, WYL Honorable Mention, D3 All CIF Honorable Mention, East-West Senior All Star Game

Connor Bruton - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner Up, WYL Honorable Mention, D3 All CIF Honorable Mention

Sam Dean - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner Up

Hanford High School - Advanced to D3 CIF Playoffs

Camden Hampshire - Hanford: 1st Team WYL

Tulare Western High School - D3 CIF Central Section Champions (Advanced to State playoffs)

Zach Schoneau - Tulare Western: D3 Central Section Champions, 1st Team All CIF, 1st Team All EYL

Joseph Machado - Tulare Western: D3 Central Section Champions, 1st Team All CIF, 1st Team All EYL

 
SOVA BOYS 12U, 14U & 16U TEAMS EARN JO CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

SOVA BOYS 16U & 14U & 12U FINISH JO QUALS TOP SIX FOR USA WATER POLO: CALIFORNIA - CENTRAL ZONE

The South Valley Water Polo Club (SOVA) entered boys teams in three divisions at the 2019 USA Water Polo Central Zone Junior Olympic National Championship Qualifier Tournament held in Clovis, CA June 21st thru 23rd. The 2019 SOVA teams made club history as SOVA has qualified all three age group teams for the Championship bracket of the Junior Olympic National Tournament July 20th to July 24th in Orange County.

We are so proud of the effort, commitment and sportsmanship of our SOVA players. Parents and coaches are thrilled to have these deserving players not only represent SOVA but also their families and the entire South San Joaquin Valley water polo community. The core value of SOVA is the knowledge, dedication and commitment that our coaches invest in the success of our players.

Congratulations to all the players, their parents and our coaches. Well done!

SOVA BOYS 12U TEAM

Coaches: Breanne Phillips, Jason Feierbach, Matt Hopper

SOVA BOYS 16U TEAM

Coaches: Rick & Sawyer Nordell

SOVA BOYS 14U TEAM

Coaches: Matthew Hatcher & Joey Gendron

 
Boys 16U Red & White Team - 2019 Golden Eagle Summer Bash
 
16U Boys - K7 Tournament - Irvine Ca.
Posted Apr 18, 2019

SOVA 16U Boys team at the K7 Tournament in Irvine, Ca.

Great job boys!


 

Calendar of Events

South Valley Water Polo Club - Visalia

SOVA is South Valley Water Polo Club. SOVA offers teams for boys and girls from ages 8 to 18. We are a registered USA Water Polo club and we attend water polo tournaments throughout the state. Our focus is on the development of basic and then advanced water polo skills and techniques for the individual and the team. Our SOVA players come from Visalia, Three Rivers, Exeter, Strathmore, Tulare, Hanford, Lemoore and Kingsburg. SOVA boys and girls players represent 30 different South Valley schools. Players are welcome from any city and school in the South Valley.

Current South Valley Water Polo (SOVA) players attend the following High Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary Schools:

17 High Schools 12 Middle Schools 5 Elementary Schools

El Diamante HS

Redwood HS

Mt. Whitney HS

Golden West HS

Lemoore HS

Hanford HS

Hanford West HS

VTEC

Mission Oak HS

Tulare Western HS

Tulare Union HS

Sierra Pacific HS

Kingsburg HS

Strathmore HS

Exeter HS

Monache HS

Porterville HS

Green Acres

Sycamore Valley Academy

Valley Oak

Live Oak

Three Rivers Union

La Joya

St. Paul

Valley Life Charter

Central Valley Christian

Alpine Vista (TCSD)

George McCann

Sundale

Royal Oaks

Hurley

Waukena

Shannon Ranch

Oak Grove

2021 SOVA Summer

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Board of Directors

  • Jeff Hohne Director

  • Michael Yenigues Director

  • Molly Niederreiter Director

  • Rick Nordell Director

  • Rory Collinwood Director