Atwater water polo teams celebrate big day

October 23, 2013 

It was a memorable day for the Atwater High boys and girls water polo programs.

The girls battled back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat host Golden Valley 8-6 on Wednesday evening to pull even with the Cougars for second place in the Central California Conference.

In the nightcap, the Atwater boys wrapped up their first conference title since 2004 with an 11-10 win over the Cougars.

"It's fantastic for the kids. They're so excited," said Atwater boys coach David Svendsen, whose team improved to 9-0 in the CCC and 20-4 overall. "I told them, 'Hey, we're league champs' and they said, 'We have one more game.' They've been working so hard since the beginning of the season."

Josh Heller paced the Falcons with six goals and three assists. Hans Van Warmerdam had 10 steals and goalie Corbett McDaniel stopped 10 shots.

Meanwhile, the Atwater girls are poised to have their best finish in more than 15 years.

The Falcons had rally to do it after falling behind 5-0 in the middle of the second quarter.

"Our defense stepped up," said Atwater coach Marcus Metcalf. "We made a goalie switch which helped and our offense was sparked by going to a double-set offense. The majority of our goals were set with Marissa (Crider) and Nicole (Goodnight)."

Crider led the Falcons with four goals. Goodnight had two goals and five assists.

The Falcons can take sole possession of second place with a win over Buhach Colony and a Golden Valley loss to Merced next week.

That would give the Falcons their best finish since 1996 according to Metcalf.

Tiffany Fredreckson scored two goals and recorded two steals for Golden Valley.

Boys

Buhach Colony 10, Pitman 7

ATWATER — Kaden Verdin scored five goals and finished with six steals to lead the Thunder past the Pride.

Merced 13, Turlock 10

TURLOCK — Matt Cagle scored four goals and Isaac Santana chipped in with three goals and three assists as the Bears improved to 17-7 overall and 7-2 in the CCC.

Volleyball

Le Grand 3, Waterford 0

LE GRAND — Savanna Barnett's six kills and four aces helped the Bulldogs dispose of the Wildcats 25-17, 25-22, 25-11.

Le Grand improved to 9-2 in the Southern League and 12-4 overall.

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