It was a long ride and a tough opponent which awaited the Burroughs High girls' water polo team in its playoff opener Wednesday.
Traveling to Riverside County, the Indians went up against a powerhouse Riverside Poly team, which is seeded No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division V, for a first-round contest.
In the end, Burroughs was just overmatched, as it suffered a 23-1 loss to the host Bears.
"They are by far the best team we've played all season," said Burroughs Coach Michael Singhanate, whose team finished the season 8-16 and qualified for the postseason after placing fourth in the Pacific League. "Their defensive skills are outstanding and they have a lot of girls who can score. They are just a top-notch team. Every facet of the game they were good at."