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Senior ‘Super Stoked’ About Water Polo Team

Kahuku is likely to win the OIA water polo tournament, having claimed the title in 11 of the last 12 years.

While 2015 looks every bit as good at mid-season, senior Lilli Lindgard said there still were plenty of questions when preseason camp opened.

“I was a little skeptical at first because we had so many freshmen coming in and so many seniors who had gone, I wondered how the talent gap would be,” said Lindgard, who was named to the OIA’s Second Team last season after tal-lying 15 goals. “Right now, everyone’s doing so well. I’m super stoked at how well we’re all working together.”

The Red Raiders went 15-1 overall to take a fifth straight OIA title and place third in the state championships last year. They’re off to a 6-0 start in 2015.

With the team prepared to start the season’s second round this week, she recently took time away from practice and her studies to visit with MidWeek‘s Windward Islander.

Who has had the biggest impact on your life? My mom (Virginia). She always was there to help and encourage me. I think that’s why she influenced me so much. She always encouraged me to never give up on anything I’m involved with.

What area of your game have you been focusing on lately? My offense — driving and taking a girl into the Hole Set, mostly. I always was more of a defensive player. This year, I’ve been stepping up and doing more work on the offensive side than usual.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I’ll be out of college, (and) back in Hawaii, although I wouldn’t mind being somewhere new, if I liked the area. Hopefully, I’ll be in a nice neighborhood, with a family.

Who on the roster is poised to have a great second half of the season? Probably Nahea and Kahea Kahaulelio. They’re just like fireballs and willing to put in the time and effort. They’re real go-getters, and they’re in love with the sport, so they’re always having fun when playing.

What Internet site do you frequent the most? YouTube. I like to watch music videos.

What is your least favorite household chore? Cleaning the bathroom. Who are three of your favorite musical artists? Beyonce, Taylor Swift and ASAP Ferg.

If you were planning a trip, what would be your next destination? Tahiti.

You’re stuck on Kaho‘olawe and can have an endless supply of just one food. What would it be? An acai bowl.