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ORANGE, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team continues to look strong within Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play Wednesday rolling Chapman University 18-10 at the Alfred Aquatics Center.
The Purple & Gold have won four in a row and eight of their last nine as they improve to 9-4, 5-1 SCIAC. They currently sit in a tie for 2nd with Cal Lutheran University.
It was a tight opening first quarter with each team adding two goals apiece. The Panthers went ahead 2-0 but saw WC storm right back with Teresa Marchetti (Messina, Italy) capitalizing on a 5-meter followed by Bianca Vera (Los Angeles, Calif.). Marchetti started the scoring off in the 2nd quarter with an unassisted strike that put the Poets on top but Chapman was able to counter on their next possession with 6:51 to play.
Over the next five minutes the Poets controlled the pool outscoring CU 4-0 thanks to Sawyer Bellville (Chino, Calif.) and a hat-trick from Marchetti. Chapman stopped the run at the 2:12 mark on a power-play and then added another with under a minute to play but Ana Alumbaugh (Honolulu, HI) was able to add her first of the game giving Whittier an 8-5 lead at the break.
The Poets added another six connections in the third quarter with Bellville and Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) going back to back to start things off. Gonzalez added another during the period and Alumbaugh, Bellville, and Marina Daroca Bazan (Barcelona, Spain) would find the back of the goal down the stretch that gave WC a 14-8 advantage.
Chapman attempted a comeback over the final eight minutes putting up two goals but it wouldn't be enough as Whittier would tack on four insurance goals from Vera, Daroca Bazan, Jacqueline Au (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Roni Ramirez (La Habra, Calif.) that secured the road victory.
Whittier and Chapman each finished with 24 shots. The Poets were only 1-for-5 on power-plays but defensively was tough holding Chapman to just 1-for-10 shooting on their opportunities. Tahlia Pou (Stockton, Calif.) played between the posts and added four saves in the win.
Marchetti finished with five goals and was joined by Bellville with three and Alumbaugh, Gonzalez, Vera, and Daroca Bazan, each with a pair.
Whittier remains in SCIAC play this Saturday, March 23 as they travel to take on the University of Redlands beginning at 11:00am.