Sept. 4, 2014 - The Women's Water Polo played host to the Comets of Palomar College in their season and home opener. The Olympians were the dominate force in the first of two match-ups this season ending the game with a sound 8-3 victory. This victory wasn't just about a win though, it was about the depth of a team and how they created the win.
Mesa freshman goalie Maddie Atkins was lights out for the Olympians taking away 17 potential goals by Palomar while fellow freshman Savannah Phillips put away four goals. More scoring came from the freshmen crew of Audrey Riggs, Abby Johnson and Jaicy Tyler who each notched a goal. Sophomore Lissette Salazar also put away a goal while fellow classman, Alyssa Seaux stole three balls from the Comets to match the three assists by freshman Cassie Bernas. Defensively, the Olympians were equally strong as they shut down Palomar on all three of their power plays and only gave up three goals in four quarters of play. The blue and gold demonstrated the depth of their team as all 20 members of their squad saw playing time and had a chance to contribute to their first win on the season. According to Assistant Coach Kirsten Rich, the strength of the game came from the entire team's ability to have good movement as a team, having good passing, and being able to recognize their different options of play.
The Women's team will now have time to refine their skills and prepare for another conference match up with Miramar College on Sept. 10 at Miramar at 2pm.