The Cuesta College men’s water polo team locked up its 32nd consecutive postseason berth by beating Ventura 14-6 to win the Western State Conference title Saturday at Cuesta.
The Cougars earned the program’s 24th league title in large part to goalkeeper Tom Ross’ season-high 16 saves.
Lawrence Bardelli and Derrick Graham scored three goals apiece for Cuesta, which jumped out to a commanding 8-2 halftime lead.
Former San Luis Obispo high standout Dragan Dincic added two goals, while five other Cougars tallied once.
Cuesta enters the playoffs ranked No. 3 in the state.
Women’s Water Polo
Ventura 7, Cuesta 5
The Cougars fell in the WSC final to top-seeded Ventura.
Cuesta got two goals from Julia Tartarian.
The Pirates held Cuesta’s power-play to 0 for 7, and goalkeeper Andrea Mallul stopped 12 shots to secure the league title.
Cuesta 70, West Hills 51
Malte Kramer scored a game-high 30 points and had eight rebounds as Cuesta (2-0) rolled past West Hills and into the finals of its Rabobank Tournament.
Kramer’s barrage came from long range, as he hit seven of his eight 3-point attempts.
The Cougars picked up the defensive intensity, forcing 20 West Hills turnovers and blocking five shots, including four by Sam Milhous.
Milhous added five points, eight rebounds and three assists for a solid all-around game.
The Cougars will play College of the Sequoias in the tournament championship game at 5 tonight.
Cal Poly 2, Cal State Northridge 0
Cal Poly’s only two seniors, David Zamora and Junior Burgos, both scored goals in the final regular season match of their careers, helping the Mustangs (8-6-3, 5-3-2 Big West Conference) defeat Cal State Northridge (3-14-2, 3-7-1 Big West).
Nearly two weeks ago against UC Santa Barbara, Zamora became the Mustangs all-time point scorer and this week he kept the momentum rolling. He scored the goal in the 62nd minute. It was his fifth of the season.
Burgos scored a goal in his final regular season match as well. He finished in the 40th minute for the first score of the match.
Overall, Cal Poly outshot Cal State Northridge 16-8, and nabbed one more save than the Matadors (5-4).
Cal Poly will be the third seed in the Big West Tournament. That puts them in a matchup against No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara in the first round Nov. 10.
Cal Poly 3, UC Santa Barbara 2
The Mustangs (19-7, 8-4 Big West) rebounded from their loss to Cal State Fullerton with a narrow win against UC Santa Barbara (14-12, 8-5).
Cal Poly stumbled out of the gates, falling 25-19 in the first set. In the second set, the Mustangs came back to beat UC Santa Barbara 26-24 but fell 25-20 in the third.
From there, it was all Mustangs as they claimed the next two sets 25-17, 15-10.
Four Mustangs tallied double-digit kills against the Matadors. Kristina Graven finished with a team-high 17 kills, Jennifer Keddy had 16, Holly Franks had 13 and Catie Smith had 11.
Franks also hit .550 in the match.
The Mustangs also had five players record double-digit digs. Alison Mort nabbed a team-high 22 digs.
Cuesta at Southern California Finals
Former Paso Robles High standout Travis Hallanan led the Cougars’ men’s team to its best finish in school history in Mission Bay.
Cuesta’s men finished ninth with 270 points, led by Hallanan’s 12th-place finish in 21 minutes, 3 seconds. San Bernadino won the men’s team title while David Cardona of El Camino won the men’s individual title.
The men qualified for the state meet as one of the top 18 teams in Southern California.
There were technical difficulties with the results of the women’s meet. Kristen Hessick was the first Cougar to finish, but her time and place were not available.
Danielle Lo of L.A. Trade Tech was the individual winner, while Southwestern New Village was the winning team. Times and scores were unavailable.