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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.

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.

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