Hubble contributed a game-high three goals. “It’s a higher level of water polo,” Hubble said of the Marmonte play he knows won’t get much easier after the Chargers (4-3, 0-1). “The only time Malibu faces teams like this is in playoffs.” SIMI VALLEY – Blake Hubble’s first taste of Marmonte League water polo was a sweet one. After spending the past two seasons at Malibu, where the Sharks routinely cruise through Frontier League play undefeated, Hubble made his Marmonte debut Wednesday with Royal of Simi Valley and quickly discovered the competitiveness that lies ahead. In a matchup of Southern Section Div. IV top-10 teams and perennial title contenders, defending Marmonte champion Royal held off Agoura for an 8-6 victory Wednesday in the league opener at Rancho Simi Park. “He adds a whole other dimension,” Snyder said. “Talk about getting lucky, we just got lucky getting him.” Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With playoff-like intensity, Agoura rallied to even the score 4-4 on a breakaway goal by Brian Gross with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter. Robert Luebell broke the tie and put Royal (4-2, 1-0) ahead for good with 2:28 left in the quarter. Agoura closed within one on a goal by Justin Kovanis early in the fourth quarter, but Danny Polyakov’s potential tying shot skipped over the crossbar. “We pulled out a lucky win,” Royal coach Steve Snyder said. In addition to Hubble’s goals, the Highlanders had two by Ben Cobb and one each by Luebell, Adam Thomas and Tyler McClure. Juan Camero added four steals. Royal is attempting to repeat as league champion despite graduating last year’s Marmonte co-MVPs. Hubble, an All-Southern Section junior left-hander, helped fill the void with his August transfer.