The first “statistic” RB girls water polo coach Joel Wallace offered regarding the Bulldogs’ outlook this season was a revealing one.

“Eighty percent of our team is made up of freshmen and sophomores,” said Wallace, who enters his fifth season coaching RB. “It’s going to be a rebuilding year. We might have slow start, but it’s important to figure out which girls fill what spots for us.”

Despite losing essentially all their starters, the Bulldogs’ lineup does feature a few reliable returners starting with Tori Burris. The senior captain runs the point offensively and is a strong swimmer with valuable varsity experience. Joanna Keen and Liz Kartje are the other two senior captains for RB.

“Joanna has a lot of experience which really stands out on a young team like ours,” Wallace said. “I think she can really provide direction on both offense and defense. Liz is playing in her second year and really coming along well for us.”

Goalie Emma Veon and Ally Shumowsky are sophomores with considerable potential. Veon replaces the graduated Natalie Benoy, who was an outstanding goalkeeper last spring. Shumowsky possesses a strong arm and excellent overall athleticism.

“I enjoy this group because they work hard and have a positive attitude,” Wallace said. “We’re not focused only on winning or losing. It’s really about making consistent improvement. There will be a big learning curve, but I want our girls to execute the fundamentals of water polo on both ends of the pool.”

RB will compete in the Lincoln-Way East Tournament this weekend.