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No complaints for odd pairing

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Matching up two conference foes in the first round of a 10-team postseason tournament may undermine conference play.

But Mark Schmidt didn't mind that the seeding committee pitted his Ventura College men's water polo team against WSC foe Los Angeles Valley in the first round of the Southern California regional playoffs today.

"It's familiar, it's nothing new," the Ventura coach said. "But, for my guys at least, it's not a bad matchup."

Ventura lost to the WSC champions twice, 11-10 on Sept. 15 and 10-9 in WSC play Oct. 17.

"We've got motivation to play Valley again," Schmidt said. "We lost to them twice by one goal each and both times we were pretty disappointed."

The winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup, hosted by Fullerton College at 3:45 p.m., gets top-seeded Golden West (23-0) Friday.

VC water polo teams host, compete for WSC titles

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What figures to be a very competitive weekend begins at 9 a.m. this morning when the Western State Conference water polo championships opens at City of Ventura aquatics center.

"It's a pretty level playing field," said Ventura men's coach Mark Schmidt.

"It's going to come down to a couple goals here and there," Ventura women's coach Larry Baratte said. "It's going to be competitive and that's the way it should be."

After unbeaten WSC campaigns, the Los Angeles Valley men (12-9) and Los Angeles Pierce women (10-4) are the top seeds

The Ventura College men (15-8) are the No. 3 seed and faces No. 2 Cuesta (24-10) in the 12:45 p.m. semifinal.

"It's a little bit unusual to play them in the first round," Schmidt said. "I don't know if I've done that in a long time. But we typically know we have to play Valley and Cuesta, if we want to win a championship."

The Ventura men have won 11 of 12 matches since Oct. 10, the only loss coming 10-9 to Valley on Oct. 17.

"We're confident," Schmidt said. "We've been playing well. This is how you want to be playing going into the tournament... We feel like we have a chance."

The four-time defending champion Ventura College women (13-9) are the No. 2 seed and hosts either No. 3 Los Angeles Valley (17-8) or No. 6 Santa Monica (8-16) in the 3:15 p.m. semifinal.

"We're healthy, so I think we're ready to go," Baratte said. "We've had the bug bites, concussions and illnesses... We've had our share of distractions."

But the Pirates, who have enjoyed excellent seasons from sophomores like Olivia Barry and Emily Pinsky, have experience winning a title from the No. 2 seed. They achieved the feat a year ago.

"It's about them," Baratte said, "winning it for themselves and winning it for each other."

The championship matches will be held at Rio Mesa High Saturday at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Western State Conference standings

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Western State Conference
Thru Wednesday Oct. 31

MEN'S SOCCER
Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T
Oxnard 10-0-3 33 12-2-3
LA Mission 9-3-1 28 10-5-3
Santa Barbara 7-4-3 24 9-6-3
Santa Monica 4-6-3 15 8-10-3
Hancock 4-6-3 15 5-8-4
Glendale 4-8-2 14 4-13-3
Canyons 3-7-4 13 4-9-5
Citrus 3-7-3 12 4-9-4
Moorpark 2-5-6 12 2-6-9

WOMEN'S SOCCER
North Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T
Ventura 7-0-1 22 12-5-1
Santa Barbara 4-1-2 14 8-3-4
Moorpark 4-3-0 12 7-7-1
Hancock 3-5-0 9 5-9-2
Oxnard 2-4-1 7 5-7-4
Cuesta 0-7-0 0 2-10-1

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L GF GA W-L Pct.
Santa Barbara 8-0 24 2 14-6 .700
Moorpark 6-1 19 3 11-7 .611
LA Mission 3-5 9 15 7-8 .467
Ventura 3-5 11 17 4-15 .211
Cuesta 2-4 9 12 4-14 .222
Hancock 0-7 0 24 2-14 .125

MEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.
LA Valley 4-0 12-9 .571
Cuesta 3-1 24-10 .706
Ventura 2-2 15-8 .652
Santa Monica 1-3 10-17 .370
Citrus 0-4 8-16 .333

WOMEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.
LA Pierce 5-0 10-4 .714
Ventura 4-1 13-9 .591
LA Valley 3-2 17-8 .680
Cuesta 2-3 16-15 .516
Citrus 1-4 15-14 .517
Santa Monica 0-5 8-16 .333

Western State Conference standings

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Through Oct. 24

MEN'S SOCCER
Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T
Oxnard 9-0-3 30 11-2-3
LA Mission 7-3-1 22 8-5-3
Santa Barbara 6-3-3 21 8-5-3
Santa Monica 4-4-3 15 8-8-3
Hancock 5-5-2 17 6-7-3
Citrus 3-5-3 12 4-7-4
Moorpark 2-4-5 11 2-5-8
Glendale 2-8-2 8 2-13-3
Canyons 1-7-4 7 2-9-5

WOMEN'S SOCCER
North Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T
Ventura 5-0-1 16 10-5-1
Santa Barbara 3-0-2 11 7-2-4
Moorpark 3-3-0 9 6-7-1
Hancock 2-4-0 6 4-8-2
Oxnard 1-3-1 4 5-6-4
Cuesta 0-5-0 0 2-8-1

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L GF GA W-L Pct.
Santa Barbara 6-0 18 1 12-6 .667
Moorpark 5-1 16 3 10-7 .588
LA Mission 2-4 6 14 7-7 .500
Ventura 2-4 8 14 3-14 .177
Cuesta 1-3 5 9 3-13 .231
Hancock 0-4 0 12 2-11 .154

MEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.
LA Valley 4-0 12-9 .571
Cuesta 3-1 23-10 .697
Ventura 2-2 13-8 .619
Santa Monica 1-3 8-15 .348
Citrus 0-4 8-16 .333

WOMEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.
LA Pierce 5-0 10-2 .833
Ventura 4-1 13-9 .591
LA Valley 3-2 15-8 .652
Cuesta 2-3 15-15 .500
Citrus 1-4 15-14 .517
Santa Monica 0-5 7-13 .350

Western State Conference standings

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Western State Conference
Through Oct. 18

MEN'S SOCCER
Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T
Oxnard 8-0-2 26 9-2-2
LA Mission 6-2-1 19 7-4-3
Santa Barbara 5-3-2 17 7-5-2
Santa Monica 4-3-3 15 8-7-3
Citrus 3-5-2 11 4-7-3
Hancock 3-5-3 11 4-7-3
Glendale 2-6-2 8 2-11-3
Moorpark 1-4-4 7 1-5-7
Canyons 1-5-4 7 2-7-5

WOMEN'S SOCCER
North Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T
Santa Barbara 3-0-2 11 6-2-3
Ventura 3-0-1 10 8-5-1
Hancock 2-2-0 6 4-6-2
Moorpark 2-2-0 6 4-7-1
Oxnard 0-2-1 1 4-5-4
Cuesta 0-4-0 0 2-7-1

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L GF GA W-L Pct.
Santa Barbara 5-0 15 1 11-6 .647
Moorpark 3-1 10 3 9-7 .563
LA Mission 2-2 6 8 6-5 .545
Ventura 2-2 8 8 3-12 .200
Cuesta 0-3 2 9 2-13 .133
Hancock 0-4 0 12 2-11 .154

MEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.
LA Valley 3-0 9-6 .600
Ventura 2-2 8-9 .470
Cuesta 1-1 20-6 .769
Santa Monica 1-1 6-13 .316
Citrus 0-3 8-15 .348

WOMEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.
Ventura 4-0 12-5 .706
LA Pierce 3-0 8-2 .800
LA Valley 2-2 14-8 .636
Citrus 1-2 11-12 .478
Cuesta 0-3 9-14 .393
Santa Monica 0-3 5-12 .294

Winning streak pulls VC men's polo above water

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It took five wins in a four-day span last week for te Ventura College men's water polo team to get its head back above water.

The Pirates fought their way back to .500 on the season by edging Santa Monica (13-10) in Western State Conference play before beating Santa Rosa (14-1), Ohlone (15-6), DeAnza (12-6), and Cabrillo (14-3) over the weekend at a tournament in San Luis Obispo.

"We got ourselves back to even this past weekend," Schmidt said.

The winning streak was snapped Wednesday, when Ventura (8-9) dropped its third one-goal decision of the season Wednesday, 10-9, against first-place Los Angeles Valley.

"We've had a good run," Schmidt said. "Valley has a good group of returners... There were a lot of positives.

"It's a young team and we're learning how to win some close games."

Ventura had lost its first seven matches against non-conference competition. Its has lost to seven of the Top 10 teams in the state, including No. 3 West Valley, No. 4 Long Beach City and No. 5 Riverside.

"We played a tough schedule to start," Schmidt said. "We don't have any easy games."

The team is founded upon sophomore returners Zach Graper (Royal), Ben Gossard (Buena) and Griffin Pool. Graper, an All-American selection as a freshman, has 37 goals, 15 assists and leads the team with 25 steals.

"He's had to adjust, so as a team we've had to adjust," Schmidt said of Graper. "A lot of our offense came out of five-meter fouls he drew last year. This year, teams are trying not to foul him.

"They're drawing up his defense trying to stop him, so we've put him in difference places in the pool."

Tim Allen (Ventura), who has scored a team-high 39 goals, and Joe Yamamoto (Rio Mesa) and lead a crop of freshman that also includes goalie Sean McGee.

"He's made up for some of our defensive deficiencies," Schmidt said.

Ventura gets back in the pool today in the Golden West tournament.

Giles takes pause from pool

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Mary Giles didn't want to let her team go.

But last month's heat wave, which saw temperatures rise to 105 degrees on the pool deck, made maternity leave a necessity.

"It was a little too exhausting," said the Ventura College women's water polo coach, who is nearly nine months pregnant with her second child.

Already 7 1/2 pounds, Makayla Giles is due to arrive next week.

Ventura College swimming coach Larry Baratte, who previously coached water polo at VC from 1988-99, has taken over Giles' whistle.

"He's got a great group of girls," Giles said. "And how nice is it to have a Hall of Fame coach available to take over?"

Considering the Pirates are the unprecedented four-time defending Western State Conference champions, Baratte's pinch-coaching role comes with some pressure.

"I don't worry that much about those types of things," Baratte said. "We'll be fine... Mary had a good foundation."

The sophomore quartet of Jenna Cutino, Anais Geysmonion, Emily Pinsky and Olivia Barry, plus freshmen like Ashley Runyon and Jerilyn Hollis and ahead of goalie Kayla Haas have the Pirates (10-5, 2-0) atop the WSC standings.

"They're all very complementary of each other," Baratte said. "They're really the foundation of the team, Emily is very solid and reliable... Anais is a good shot, Jenna really has been an outstanding defensive player for us. Olivia has always been unsung. She's our best conditioned swimmer and has to take the other teams' fastest swimmer or most talented athlete.

"All four of those girls have specific roles to fill."

Giles handed over a three-game winning streak on Sept. 24, which Baratte extended to seven games before VC, without Geysmonion, dropped a pair of games to finish third in its tournament Sunday.

Pinsky had three goals, Barry had five steals and Haas made nine saves in 10-9 loss to Chaffey. Barry leads the WSC in assists with 26.

"It's a nice group to work with," Baratte said. "We're learning. We're trying to get better every day. I think we'll put ourselves in a good position... We'll see what happens."

Giles, who is married to Thousand Oaks boys' water polo coach Mike Giles, attended the VC tournament and has already circled Nov. 2-3 on her calendar.

That's the weekend when Ventura hosts the WSC Championships.

"It's already scheduled," Giles said.

Western State Conference standings

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Western State Conference

MEN'S SOCCER
Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T
Oxnard 6-0-1 19 8-2-1
LA Mission 4-2-1 13 5-4-2
Santa Barbara 3-3-2 11 5-5-2
Santa Monica 2-3-2 8 6-3-2
Hancock 2-3-2 8 3-5-3
Citrus 2-3-2 8 3-5-3
Canyons 1-2-4 7 2-4-5
Moorpark 1-2-4 7 1-2-7
Glendale 1-4-2 5 1-9-3

WOMEN'S SOCCER
North Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T
Ventura 2-0-0 6 7-5-0
Santa Barbara 1-0-1 4 5-2-3
Hancock 1-1-0 3 2-5-2
Oxnard 0-0-1 1 4-3-4
Moorpark 0-1-0 0 3-6-1
Cuesta 0-2-0 0 2-5-1

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L GF GA W-L Pct.
Santa Barbara 3-0 9 0 8-6 .571
Moorpark 2-0 6 0 8-5 .615
LA Mission 1-2 3 8 5-5 .500
Ventura 1-2 5 6 2-11 .154
Cuesta 0-1 0 3 2-11 .154
Hancock 0-2 0 6 2-9 .182

MEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.
LA Valley 1-0 6-6 .500
Santa Monica 1-0 6-12 .333
Cuesta 1-1 15-6 .714
Ventura 1-1 3-8 .273
Citrus 0-2 6-12 .333

WOMEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.
Ventura 2-0 10-5 .667
LA Pierce 1-0 6-2 .750
LA Valley 1-1 9-6 .600
Citrus 1-1 8-10 .444
Santa Monica 0-1 4-9 .308
Cuesta 0-2 9-13 .409

Western State Conference standings

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(thru Oct. 4)

Western State Conference

MEN'S SOCCER
Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T

Oxnard 5-0-1 16 7-2-1
LA Mission 4-2-0 12 5-4-1
Santa Barbara 3-3-1 10 5-5-1
Santa Monica 2-2-2 8 6-2-2
Hancock 2-2-2 8 3-4-3
Moorpark 1-2-3 6 1-2-6
Canyons 1-2-3 6 2-4-4
Citrus 1-3-2 5 2-5-3
Glendale 1-4-2 5 1-8-3

WOMEN'S SOCCER
North Conference Overall
Team W-L-T Pts. W-L-T

Ventura 2-0-0 6 6-2-2
Santa Barbara 1-0-1 4 5-5-1
Hancock 1-1-0 3 2-5-2
Oxnard 0-0-1 1 4-3-4
Moorpark 0-1-0 0 2-4-1
Cuesta 0-2-0 0 1-6-2

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.

Moorpark 2-0 8-5 .615
Santa Barbara 2-0 7-6 .538
LA Mission 1-1 5-4 .556
Hancock 0-1 2-8 .200
Cuesta 0-1 2-10 .167
Ventura 0-2 1-11 .083

MEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.

Santa Monica 1-0 6-11 .353
LA Valley 1-0 4-4 .500
Cuesta 1-1 10-6 .625
Ventura 1-1 2-5 .286
Citrus 0-2 6-11 .353

WOMEN'S WATER POLO
Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L Pct.

Ventura 2-0 8-3 .727
LA Pierce 1-0 4-0 1.00
LA Valley 1-1 7-4 .636
Citrus 1-1 6-8 .429
Santa Monica 0-1 3-8 .273
Cuesta 0-2 7-7 .500

Cutino honored

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The Ventura College women's water polo team opened its season by going 3-1 at the Saddleback tournament over the weekend.

Jenna Cutino, a returning All-American selection, opened her sophomore season by scoring 16 goals in the four matches.

The Agoura High product was honored as Ventura College's Student-Athlete of the Week.

VC water polo teams earn postseason berths

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The Ventura College water polo teams were both seeded in the Southern California championships Sunday. Both will open the tournament in Thursday's quarterfinals at Riverside College.

The Ventura women (17-10), which won their fourth straight Western State Conference title Saturday, were seeded in No. 9 and will face No. 8 Cypress (14-11).

The Pirates dropped a tight 9-8 loss at Cypress on the opening day of the season, Aug. 27.

The Ventura men (13-13), which finished third in the WSC, earned the No. 10 and final seed and will take on No. 7 Cerritos (19-13).

Cypress, the South Coast Conference runner-up, is coached by former VC and Ventura High coach Joe Abing. Ventura and Cerritos have split eight meetings in Abing's six years with the Falcons.

"We're definitely the underdogs, but that should be fun," said Ventura coach Mark Schmidt.

VC searches for edge to maintain WSC reign

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It started the streak as a No. 2 seed. Now the Ventura College women's water polo team will work this weekend to ensure it doesn't end from the same No. 2 position.

The first women's water polo program to win three straight Western State Conference titles hopes to prolong that run at this weekend's WSC Championships at Citrus College.

The Pirates (15-10), who feature sophomores Samantha Ebberson, Raylene Morales, Jenny Paulsen, as well as freshman Anais Geysmonion, will head to Glendora with confidence, despite seeing its 19-game WSC winning streak snapped last week by Cuesta, 5-4.

"The girls look good," said Ventura coach Mary Giles. "Everyone knows their roles. We're going to be hard to beat, if we play like we've practiced."

Ventura will face No. 3-seed Los Angeles Valley (12-8) in the semifinals Friday at 12:30 p.m. It defeated the Monarchs, 11-4, on the road last month.

The Pirates responded to the loss to Cuesta by beating Pasadena and Citrus over the weekend in a tournament by a combined margin of 31-13.

"That was good," said Giles. "I think we needed it."

Searching for a winning edge in their potential title showdown with Cuesta Saturday, the Pirates opened practice Wednesday with a visualization exercise with a sports psychologist.

VC men's water polo on cusp

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The Ventura College men's water polo team (12-11) will enter the WSC Championships as the No. 3 seed and will also face Los Angeles Valley in Friday's semifinals at 1:45 p.m.

"We're the No. 3 seed hoping to move up," said Ventura coach Mark Schmidt. "We're in a position to think we can compete with Valley if we can put together a full game."

Ventura lost at Valley, 11-6, on Oct. 12 and continued a string of bad luck this month when it lost freshman Cole Baratte to a shoulder injury.

"To continue our unbroken string of good luck," said Schmidt, sarcastically.

But the Pirates do still have freshman Zach Graper, who leads the WSC with 87 goals, and can keep itself in postseason contention with a win either Friday or in Saturday's consolation.

WSC standings

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Western State Conference
Through Tuesday, Nov. 1

Men's soccer
WSC Conf Ovr
School W-L-T W-L-T Pts

Oxnard 9-0-2 13-1-4 29
Santa Barbara 9-1-1 12-1-3 28
Canyons 4-4-3 6-4-7 15
Hancock 4-4-3 7-8-3 15
L.A. Mission 2-4-5 5-7-6 11
Glendale 3-7-1 4-12-2 11
Moorpark 2-7-2 3-12-2 8
Citrus 1-7-3 3-10-5 8

Women's soccer
WSC North Ovr
School W-L-T W-L-T Pts

Santa Barbara 9-1-0 14-2-0 27
Ventura 8-1-0 14-3-0 24
Moorpark 5-4-1 6-6-5 16
Hancock 5-4-0 9-7-1 15
Oxnard 3-5-1 5-8-4 7
Cuesta 1-7-0 5-11-1 3
West L.A. 0-9-0 0-16-0 0

Women's volleyball
WSC North Ovr
School W-L GF GA W-L

Moorpark 7-0 21 0 15-3
Santa Barbara 6-1 18 4 9-9
Cuesta 5-2 16 8 9-6
L.A. Mission 3-3 10 12 5-7
Ventura 2-5 7 16 2-16
Oxnard 1-6 4 20 2-10
Hancock 0-7 5 21 2-16

Men's water polo
WSC Conf Ovr
School W-L-T W-L-T GF GA Pts

Cuesta 4-0-0 21-10-0 376 293 12
L.A. Valley 3-1-0 15-10-0 308 244 9
Ventura 2-2-0 12-11-0 231 263 6
Citrus 1-3-0 14-10-0 287 301 3
Santa Monica 0-4-0 4-14-0 155 263 0

Women's water polo
WSC Conf Ovr
School W-L-T W-L-T GF GA Pts

Cuesta 4-0-0 18-11-1 265 213 12
Ventura 3-1-0 15-10-0 241 173 9
L.A. Valley 2-2-0 12-8-0 225 157 6
Citrus 1-3-0 2-22-0 169 319 0
Santa Monica 0-4-0 3-17-0 155 276 0

WSC standings

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Community College
Western State Conference
Through Sunday, Oct. 23

Men's soccer
WSC Conf Ovr
School W-L-T W-L-T Pts
Oxnard 6-0-2 8-1-3 20
Santa Barbara 6-1-1 8-1-3 19
Canyons 4-2-2 6-2-6 14
Hancock 4-3-1 7-7-1 13
L.A. Mission 1-3-4 4-6-3 7
Glendale 2-5-1 3-10-2 7
Moorpark 1-5-2 2-10-2 5
Citrus 1-6-1 3-9-3 20 26 4

Women's soccer
WSC North Ovr
School W-L-T W-L-T Pts
Ventura 7-0-0 12-2-0 21
Santa Barbara 6-1-0 11-2-0 18
Hancock 4-2-0 8-5-1 12
Moorpark 3-3-1 4-5-5 10
Oxnard 2-4-1 4-7-4 7
Cuesta 1-6-0 5-9-1 3
West L.A. 0-7-0 0-14-0 0

Women's volleyball
WSC North Ovr
School W-L GF GA W-L
Moorpark 5-0 15 0 13-3
Santa Barbara 5-0 15 1 8-8
Cuesta 3-2 10 7 7-6
L.A. Mission 3-2 9 9 5-6
Ventura 2-4 7 13 2-15
Hancock 0-5 3 15 2-14
Oxnard 0-5 0 15 1-9

Men's water polo
WSC Conf Ovr
School W-L-T W-L-T GF GA Pts
Cuesta 3-0-0 18-10-0 342 268 9
L.A. Valley 3-1-0 14-9-0 288 219 9
Ventura 2-1-0 12-10-0 226 251 6
Citrus 0-3-0 11-8-0 271 294 0
Santa Monica 0-3-0 1-12-0 102 207 0

Women's water polo
WSC Conf Ovr
School W-L-T W-L-T GF GA Pts
Ventura 3-0-0 13-9-0 206 155 9
Cuesta 3-0-0 17-11-1 258 209 9
L.A. Valley 2-2-0 12-7-0 216 146
Citrus 0-3-0 1-20-0 141 282 0
Santa Monica 0-3-0 2-15 124 239 0

Ebberson, Giles honored with WSC women's water polo awards

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Freshman driver Samantha Ebberson was named the WSC Player of the Year honors after leading Ventura with 56 goals. The well-rounded a Pacifica High product also contributed as a defender and leader.

Head coach Mary Giles earned the WSC Coach of the Year award after the Pirates became is the first women's water polo program to win three straight championships in WSC history.

Eight teammates joined Ebberson on the All-WSC teams. The first team included sophomore Courtney Thomas and freshmen Vanessa Magallanes, Andrea Mallul, Raylene Morales and Lindsay Wolny and the second team included sophomore Lori Anderson and freshmen Eliana Guzman and Jenny Paulsen.

Click the jump for the full team.

Seven Pirates honored on All-WSC men's water polo teams

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The Ventura representatives on the first-team All-WSC men's water polo team were sophomore Eric McGrath, sophomore Nathan Nix, freshman Eric Donahoo and freshman Darin Weltsch.

Ventura sophomores Lloyd Kirk, Lance Park and Kyle Robertson were second-team selections.

Cuesta's Eric Marsh and John Marsh were the Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Click the jump for the full team.

VC women's water polo wins playoff game

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Vanessa Maggallanes and Samathana Ebberson scored two goals apiece and Raylene Morales had four steals as the No. 9-seeded Ventura College women's water polo team defeated No. 8 Grossmont 7-5 Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Southern California regional playoffs in San Luis Obispo.

Morales opened the scoring and anchored the Pirates' defensive effort, helping to build a 4-0 halftime lead along the way to the program's first postseason win since 2007.

The win also avenged one of the Pirates losses. Grossmont beat Ventura, 9-4, on Sept. 11. The three-time defending Western State Conference champion has won six straight games and hasn't lost in regulation since Oct. 9.

"It's great for us," said Ventura coach Mary Giles. "Our girls are excited."

Ventura (19-8) advances to play top-seeded Riverside in today's quarterfinals at Cuesta College.

"We just play," said Giles. "We go all out and have nothing to lose.

VC men under water

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The Ventura College men's water polo team (4-9, 2-1) will be looking to come from behind in the WSC race after a 11-5 loss at Cuesta Wednesday, despite four goals from Spencer McGrath.

"We played them tight for almost three quarters," said Ventura coach Mark Schmidt. "They're just better than us right now."

But that doesn't mean the Pirates don't think they can turn the tables by next week's WSC championships.

"I've seen both sides of that," said Schmidt, whose team beat Cuesta three times last season before falling to the Cougars in the postseason.

VC women in position

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Locked in a tie game midway through the third quarter Wednesday, the Ventura College women's water polo team used its defense to stay unbeaten in WSC play.

The Pirates (11-6, 3-0) shut out host Cuesta in the fourth quarter of a 8-5 win

"I'm a big believer in that, if you focus on defense, offensive comes naturally," said Ventura coach Mary Giles.

Sophomore Courtney Thomas scored in every period and drivers Samantha Ebberson, Lindsay Wolny and Eliana Guzman led the way defensively.

"Eliana's a lefty, so it's naturally easy for her to use her left to steal from a righty," said Giles. "It makes it easy."

Goalie Andrea Mallul also saved two four-meter penalty shots.

The win sets up a matchup of WSC unbeatens Wednesday afternoon in Ventura, when Citrus (12-11, 3-0) visits the Ventura Aquatics Center.

The winner will be the top seed in the WSC Championship Nov. 5-6 in San Luis Obispo.

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Ventura County Star sports writer and columnist Joe Curley covers college sports and soccer for this Star. This is the place to click for local college football and basketball coverage, including USC, UCLA, Moorpark College, Ventura College and Cal Lutheran.

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