Lady Jags finish in middle of pack at water polo tournament
December 12, 2013The Valley Center varsity girls water polo team kicked off the new season with a trip to Rancho Bernardo to participate in the annual Bronco Invitational, which began last Thursday.
The Lady Jaguars finished 16th out of 32 teams in the tournament, winning one of their five games.
The first match was against Torrey Pines, and Valley Center couldn't overcome a slow start and took an 11–3 loss to open the season.
Casia Morrison had one goal, one assist, five steals, one block, and one exclusion. April Lackpour had one goal, two assists, one steal, and one exclusion. Sam Gonzalez had one goal. Makaila Keeley had a great game in the goal with nine goal saves.
The Lady Jags bounced back in the second game, however, as they took on Hilltop and opened the scoring floodgates for a 15–4 win.
Valley Center outscored Hilltop 10–2 in the first half and cruised through the second half to take the big win.
"This was a great game for the girls," head coach Kyle Kline said. "They played solid defense and we had some great shots on the offensive end."
Casia Morrison had a great game with six goals, four assists, and seven steals. April Lackpour had a great game with five goals, two assists. Sam Gonzalez had a great game with four goals. Maggie Ryan had one assist, and one steal. Stephanie McCaulley had a good game with five assists. Makaila Keeley had a good game with five goal saves. Sam Gonzalez played one quarter in the goal earning three goal saves.
The Lady Jags continued play in the tournament on Friday and Saturday and suffered three consecutive losses to round out the tournament.
The first loss was a close game, a 9–7 loss to Patrick Henry at Del Norte High School, in which the Lady Jaguars fought back from a three-goal deficit at halftime to score four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter before ultimately coming up just short.
Casia Morrison had four goals, seven steals, and earned four exclusions. Sam Gonzalez had two goals, two assists, and earned one exclusion. April Lackpour had one goal, and one block. Stephanie McCaulley had three assists, and one steal. Makaila Keeley had a great game with nine goal saves and four steals.
On Saturday, the Lady Jags lost to West Hills, 11–3, as they couldn't match the speed of their opponents.
Sam Gonzalez had two goals, and one exclusion. Casia Morrison had one goal, one assist, oneone steals, one block, and two exclusions. Stephanie McCaulley had two assists, and two steals. Becca Vizcarra had seven goal saves. Kaelie Rush had two goal saves.
And in the final game of the tournament, Valley Center suffered a 22–5 loss to La Costa Canyon, as Sam Gonzalez had three goals, one assist, one steal, and one exclusion, Casia Morrison had two goals, three steals, Stephanie McCaulley had two assists, and one exclusion, Becca Vizcarra had five goal saves, and one steal and Kaelie Rush had one goal save and one steal.
"This was a good tournament for the girls as it comes very early in the season," Coach Kline added. "We have a young team and were without some players so it was a great accomplishment for them to earn a top-sixteen finish. The tournament showed us some things to work on as well as some strengths we can build on as we head into the rest of the season."
Next on the schedule is Thursday's match against Canyon Crest Academy at Adams Park, with the JV team playing at 3:15 p.m. and the varsity game at 4:15 p.m.