Seattle, WA -- The #10 University of Washington Women's Water Polo Club went 2-2 this past weekend at the Davis Winter Invitational, in Davis, CA.
The tournament was hosted by last year's national champions, the #1 UC Davis Aggies. The invitational draws some of the best teams from throughout California as well as the top teams from across the country. Last year the Huskies went 3-1 with wins against UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, and UC Davis B, with their only loss against UC Davis A.
This year, the Huskies took 18 players with them to the tournament including thirteen from the senior team and another five from the development team. This also included four new players competing in the invitational for the first time.
The Huskies had a tough first draw with a rematch against #1 UC Davis A on Saturday morning. Despite solid defense and 11 saves from freshman goalie, Shelby Smith (#1, San Diego, CA), in her first game as the starting UW goalie, the Huskies were never able to get their offense going. Final score was 2-9.
Later in the afternoon, the Huskies were given a chance to bounce back with a match against Fresno State, which would mark the first time the programs have ever played each other.
The Huskies once again struggled to get their offense going and even conceited 2 unnecessary way outside shots to be down 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. But once the team settled down they were able to go on a 6-1 run, and eventually finished the game 11-8 while also giving the new players an opportunity to show their growth and development in the second half.
After a slow start to the first day of action, the Lady Huskies were anxious to