Water Polo: With Tamulonis trio, Andrew has triplets threat
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 6, 2014 8:50PM
Triplets (left to right) Eric Tamulonis, Mike Tamulonis and Anna Tamulonis for Andrew Water Polo for Spring Photo Day at Andrew High School, Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 in Tinley Park | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 8, 2014 9:41AM
There is plenty of excitement surrounding the Andrew pool this spring, with both the Thunderbolts boys and girls water polo teams seemingly poised for breakout seasons.
Three of the forces behind that optimism are triplets.
Eric, Mike and Anna Tamulonis all are seniors intent on taking Andrew to the next level. All have achieved captain’s status.
“It’s definitely cool,” Mike said. “I enjoy playing with all of them. Eric was a captain last year, and it’s nice to follow in his footsteps this year and be a captain. Anna is a captain, too, and having her play goalie, it’s fun to watch. It’s fun to see us all doing well.”
All three have their own unique strengths.
Eric is a scorer. The hole set has had some big games already this season, scoring six times against Stagg, Lincoln-Way Central and Riverside-Brookfield, and five goals against Bremen co-op.
Mike is a defensive specialist. He plays defensive hole and often matches up against the opponent’s top offensive weapon.
Anna is one of the Southland’s top goalies. She set a school record with 361 saves last season.
The trio has been instrumental in both teams’ early season success. The boys are 10-0, the girls 8-3.
“We both have awesome teams this year,” Anna said. “We’re full of talent. It’s exciting.”
All three have been swimming for 10 years and began water polo as freshmen at Andrew.
“Our older sister, Lindsey, she’s two years older and she played polo,” Eric said. “We all followed her. Just being triplets, we’re already close, but swimming and water polo helps bring us together even more.”
The triplets’ success does present one minor problem for the family, with the boys and girls teams almost always playing at the same time at different schools.
“It’s a little hard for our parents to decide which game to go to,” Mike said.
The three don’t get to play together often, though Mike said they sometimes throw the water polo ball around at home. When they do get a chance, Anna said she can hold her own in goal.
“I think I can take them,” she said.
All three have lofty goals for this season and Eric has his sights set on making it to Stevenson High School in mid-May for what would be the Thunderbolts’ first state appearance.
“All the way to state,” Eric said. “That’s what I want.”
Andrew’s girls squad also is eyeing its first state trip.
The triplets are intent on making their final shot count.
“With all of us being seniors, this is it,” Mike said. “You can’t go home at the end of the year and think ‘There’s always next year.’ This is the year you have to put everything forth.”