The Cuesta College mens water polo team opened its Western State Conference season with an 8-5 win over visiting Ventura on Wednesday.
Scoreless after one quarter, the Cougars (8-4) outscored the Pirates 3-2 in both the second and third quarters. A 2-1 fourth quarter sealed the victory for Cuesta.
Lucas Lastra had three goals, Matt Giancanelli and John Meendering had two each and Spencer Silva had one for the Cougars. Cuesta goalkeeper Brady Moore had 15 saves.
The Cougars also defeated Cal Polys club team 9-5.
WOMENS WATER POLO
Ventura 14, Cuesta 3
The Cougars (7-6) fell in the WSC opener for both teams.
Haylie Fry, Shanae Lauridsen and Kortney Yoder all scored for Cuesta, which trailed 5-0 at half and 11-2 after the third quarter.
Fresno 34, Cuesta 10
The Cougars (0-2) fell to the two-time defending state champions at home. Cuesta won three of eight matches and forfeited two others.
Matthew Correa won a 16-10 decision at 125 pounds to pace the Cougars, improving his record to 6-0 on the season.
Spaso Illich won a 16-12 decision at 149, and Jonathan Urango won a 18-9 major decision at 174 for Cuesta.
Bakersfield 3, Cuesta 0
The Cougars lost 25-18, 25-12, 25-11 against the No. 3-ranked Renegades in Bakersfield.
Victoria Burkett had seven digs, and Riley Cooks had five kills for the Cougars in the nonleague match.