Women’s water polo makes a huge splash

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Saddleback College Women’s Water Polo has come out of the box strong this season winning, three of five matches so far.

The teams from East Los Angeles College, Southwestern College, and Rio Hondo College were left treading water as the team celebrated its victories with an overall game total of three wins and two loses.

Taking charge during Saddleback’s first win against East Los Angeles College were freshman Kate Curtis and Maddie Alexander along with sophomore Sarah Duke, with a final score of 14-0.

“I didn’t really know what to expect in the beginning of the season, since our team consisted of mainly sophomores in the 2015 season,” said Ella Catacutan, sophomore, 21, statistics major, utility position. “Mid season we all just kinda clicked as if we’ve been paying in a collegiate water polo team and I couldn’t have asked for better teammates.” 

Making an impact in the Gauchos second win against Southwestern College was sophomore Ella Catacutan and freshman Keleen Pelfrey, each scoring three goals for their team, with a final score of 15-2.

In the third winning game the Gauchos were able to take charge by making four straight goals in a 4.5 minute span after leading 3-2 in the first period. After takeoff the Saddleback scoring was spread between five players making two scores each, with a final score of 14-6.

“The team really connected this year and we played really well with each other,” said Mia Satterwhite, 19, field player, sophomore, communication major.  “We put a lot of effort in every game and put up a good battle for each team we played against. We also went on a team bonding trip to Yosemite and it really made us that much closer with each other.”

The team played at Orange Coast College on Wednesday, Sep. 14, and lost to a score of 16-7. The girls tried their hardest but were unable to defeat the Pirates.

The next game will be home on Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Cypress College.

Mackenzie Quinn contributed to this story.

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