The Cuesta College men’s water polo team took the first step toward a Western State Conference title with a 12-1 win over Citrus on Friday.Cuesta is hosting the tournament.
Former San Luis Obispo High standout Dragan Dincic scored a game-high four goals for Cuesta, while Lawrence Bardelli added three and Eric Marsh scored two.
The Cougars, ranked third in the state and the top seed in the tournament, will play No. 3 seed Ventura, which inched past L.A. Valley 10-9 in the other semifinal.
The game nearly finished as a Cuesta shutout, but Greg Yokomizo scored for Citrus with just more than two minutes remaining.
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Tom Ross made five saves for the Cougars.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 4, Citrus 3, 2 OT
Just like usual, Cuesta and Citrus played a game to overtime. Only this time, in the playoffs, the outcome turned out different.
Cuesta is hosting the tournament.
The Cougars (13-17) defeated the Owls in double overtime after Erin Hasenkamp put in a shot with three seconds left to give her team the win.
Up until the goal, Sophie Mouret was the only other Cougars player to score, as she got a point apiece in the first, second and fourth quarters.
Cuesta shot just 4 of 42 and Citrus goalkeeper Katie Hart had 18 saves, but Cougars’ keeper Loren Kasenberg matched her opponent with 15 of her own.
Earlier in the season, Cuesta lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Citrus in four overtimes and an 8-7 game in double overtime.
Cuesta advanced to play Ventura in the WSC championship game. The Cougars will attempt to keep the Pirates from a third consecutive WSC title, as well as earn their first conference title since 2007.
Cuesta 87, Solano 66
The Cougars opened the season with a convincing win at their Rabobank Tournament.
Cuesta (1-0), which has no returning players from last year’s conference championship team, saw newcomers Casey Rogers (18 points) and Malte Kramer (17) lead the team offensively.
Rogers hit seven of his 10 shots, including four of six 3-pointers.
Westin Hill added 13 points for the Cougars, while Kelly Walker-Kurtz had nine rebounds in the win.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cal Poly Shootout
Peter Kline won three men’s events, Lacey Buck and Amanda Maffris won two each, and the Mustangs raced out to the first-day lead at Anderson Aquatic Center.
Kline earned victories in the 100 backstroke (50.67 seconds), 200 backstroke (1:50.41) and 400 individual medley (3:59.38) to lead Cal Poly’s men to first place with 1,023.5 points. Concordia of Irvine is second with 622.5 points, while Fresno Pacific is third with 101 points.
Freshman Konrad Antoniuk won the men’s 200 freestyle (1:43.31) and 500 freestyle (4:35.42).
On the women’s side, Buck won the 200 butterfly (2:04.91) and 500 freestyle (5:00.89). Maffris won the 200 backstroke (2:06.09) and 400 individual medley (4:30.94) as Cal Poly compiled 892.5 points.
San Diego is a distant second with 572 points. Loyola Marymount is third with 492.
The competition continues at 10 this morning.