Obert named to U.S national water polo team

Former Del Oro, Sierra standout excelled this season at UOP
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Alex Obert will be the first to tell you that there’s a big difference in the sport of men’s water polo when you match the top end of  NCAA level competition against world class teams and players.

“It’s more intense. A lot more physical and it’s way faster,” said Obert who this weekend will get a first hand look as a member of the U.S. National water polo team which is competing in the FINA Water Polo World League Preliminaries being contested in Los Alamitos.

Obert, a 2010 Del Oro High graduate who also was a standout at Sierra College, is one of the rising stars on for U.S. water polo on the national level.

Following a standout sophomore season where he racked up 51 goals for the University of Pacific Tigers, Obert went on to earn second team All-America honors and earn a spot training the last two weeks at UC Irvine to make the national team.

“We’ve been training pretty hard,” said Obert this week. “Our practices are pretty competitive.”

This weekend’s three-team tournament will match the United States against both Canada and Brazil. It is a tune-up for the Super Final tournament set for June 11-16 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.   

Obert, an engineering management major at UOP, had 15 multi-goal matches for the Tigers this season including a career high five against then No. 4 rated California.

The 6-foot 6-inch Obert, who plays center and the 2 meter position, is one of only three current collegians on the team.

“Our team is made up mostly of older players who are out of college,” said Obert. “This should be a great experience builder for myself.”