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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team earned a berth into the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament as a No. 3 seed and they will take on No. 2 Cal Lutheran University.
The semi-final game will take place this Friday, April 26 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. beginning at 4:00pm.
Whittier and Cal Lutheran faced off against each other only once this year back on March 27 with the Regals pulling off the 11-7 victory. Over the past five years Whittier owns the series 4-3 but have lost three in a row, which included an 0-2 mark last year in 2018. Their last win against CLU came in 2017 when they pulled off a 6-5 win in OT before taking out the Regals in the SCIAC Championships that year 16-7.
After losing five straight games between March 24 and April 10, Whittier clinched the third seed with three straight wins over Occidental (15-5), Caltech (19-12) and Redlands (10-7) to end the 2019 regular season. Freshman Teresa Marchetti (Messina, Italy) (58 goals | 17 Assists) and USC Transfer Sawyer Bellville (Chino, Calif.) (47 Goals | 20 assists) will look to bolster the Poets' offensive efforts, while the goalie tandem of Tahlia Pou (Stockton, Calif.) (74 Saves) and Lauren Tapia (Whittier, Calif.) (53 Saves) will look to stay strong between the posts during the conference tournament.
Cal Lutheran takes to the pool in the SCIAC playoffs having also won nine of its last 10 outings with its lone defeat coming to Pomona-Pitzer (7-5) on April 10 as the Sagehens are the team's only two conference losses during the regular season. The Regals topped the Panthers 18-9 and La Verne, 10-8 to close out the regular season. The Regals will look to Lexi Rond on the offensive end, while Bailey Meyer will look to continue to keep opponents at bay with her stellar play between the posts. She now has 217 saves and a .601 save percentage.