September 16, 2009 > Husky polo flying high in Reno
Husky polo flying high in Reno
Submitted By Reese Spondon
It wasn't the balloon races that brought the Washington High water polo team to Nevada last weekend. The Washington Huskies traveled to Reno to participate in the Silver State Shootout water polo tournament, a weekend that typically did not see the Huskies playing very well and normally provided an early exit from the competition.
The tournament brings 15 teams from all over California, Nevada and Utah; some of them ending their seasons with this tournament.
The Husky girls new coach Cameron Brahmst went into this tournament with high hopes that all the hard work would pay off. The girls started the tournament on Friday, Sept. 11, by pounding the team from Rodriguez by a score of 14-1.
The team's new-and-improved defense only allowed three shots on goal the entire game. Returning goalie and co-captain Breana Meagher was quoted as saying, "I'm so proud of all the girls, they played awesome. When our defense plays as good as they did this game, it really makes my job allot easier."
The Husky offense was equally impressive as the goals scored were sprinkled amongst nine different players.
Game two brought a team from Rocklin to challenge the Huskies the same afternoon. Rocklin took advantage of a slow start by the Huskies which gave them an early lead. The Huskies had several opportunities to close in on Rocklin but lost by a score of 8-4.
The Huskies hammered many shots off the cage that did not find their way to the back of the net. Co-captain Kaley Marden scored all four goals and commented after the game, "We didn't play our best polo and even though the score doesn't show it, we can beat Rocklin". The heat and the altitude may have been a factor this game but team made no excuses looking ahead to Saturdays' games.
An early Friday night curfew found the Husky girls well rested on Saturday morning and ready for battle as they knew the games would get tougher moving through their bracket.
Oakmont was 1-1 going into this contest looking to move on with a win against Washington. With the loss to Rocklin on their mind, the Huskies girls were focused on running the offense and getting back on defense, something that they did not do well against Rocklin. Husky junior Ally Hokanson started the game by out sprinting the competition; something she did in every game giving the Huskies an early advantage (Ally also led the team with 7 steals).
The Huskies played a near flawless game keeping the team from Oakmont on the defensive end of the pool nearly all game. Megan Ottoboni led all Huskies in scoring with three very impressive goals leading the Huskies to an 8-1 win.
With the loss to Rocklin on Friday, the Husky girls were playing for fifth place on Saturday afternoon against a very talented and high-scoring team from McClatchy. The Metro League multi champion McClatchy Lions came into this game with a lot of confidence.
The Huskies defense was back on track after their impressive performance against Oakmont. Jocelyn Yamaguchi set the tone with two cage-pounding goals and the Huskies never looked back. Breana Meagher looked to be in mid season form making eight huge saves. The spirited Huskies out swam, out shot, and out played the Lions before a large crowd and a stunned McClatchy fan base as they saw their team fall to the Huskies by a score of 5-1.
Coach Brahmst was pleased with the outcome as his team went 3-1 for the weekend, which is something the Huskies have never done at the Silver State Shootout in the past five visits to Reno.
Team Leaders throughout the tournament:
Goals Scored: Kaley Marden (10) & Megan Ottoboni (5)
Steals: Ally Hokanson (7)
Ejections Drawn: Becca Belliveau (8) & Ally Hokanson (5)
Saves: Breana Meagher (26)