Seattle, WA -- The #8 University of Washington Women's Water Polo Club A team went 4-0 this past weekend in Corvallis, Oregon to start Northwest Division play in the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
The first tournament of the year for the division was hosted by Oregon State University at the Osborn Aquatic Center, in Corvallis, OR, where the Huskies increased their division win streak to 32 games and in the process outscored their opponents this past weekend, 70-5.
The offense over the weekend was lead by captains, Karli Stone (#4, Tacoma, WA) and Mary Elizabeth Ward (#6, San Rafael, CA) with 22 and 15 goals respectively along with a combined 23 assists. In addition both players led the team in steals with 18 and 13 to aide first year goalie, Shelby Smith (#1, San Diego, CA) who in addition to earning a shutout, had 40 saves for the weekend.
The "A" team set the tone for the weekend, with a 17-2 drumming of Portland State in their first match. Almost every player scored in the game while Stone and Ward both led with 5 and 6 goals, along with 6 and 4 steals, to earn co-players of the game.
Next up for the Huskies, was Western Washington University. Once again the Huskies, showed they were in fine form by not only scoring 19 goals, but earned a shutout as well with 16 steals and 9 saves from Shelby Smith. Stone led the offense with 9 goals on 12 shots and 4 assists to earn player of the game.
For their third match of the tournament, the Huskies squared off against one of the teams that has always provided strong competition in the Northwest, Oregon State University A. The Huskies walked away with a 7-2 win. Although a low scoring affair, with the Huskies offense stagnating in the second half after scoring 5 in the first two quarters, the Dawgs' defense always kept the game in control by only allowing 1 goal in each half with 15 team steals and 10 saves by Smith.
For the last match of the tournament, A team squared off against. UW B's rival, University of Oregon B. Once again, the Huskies dominated the match from beginning to end by only conceding 1 goal while scoring 27. Offense and defense for the game were led by newcomer, Frances Dizard (#3, Seattle, WA), who scored 5 goals on 6 shots and claimed 6 steals to earn player of the game honors.
Meanwhile the University of Washington B team had a much tougher weekend with two of their three matches being against two of the top teams in the division, Oregon State University A and Oregon A; with another game having to be against their main rival, Oregon B.
Despite, going 1-3 for their first CWPA tournament of the year, B team showed that this might be their best team yet.