By Molly Burke,
The Davis High women’s water polo team defeated the Rio Americano Raiders in a whopping 19-5 win on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Though the Blue Devils lost the sprint, they quickly tallied when senior Grace Gulsvig broke away and scored from the left goal post. Gulsvig soon repeated the goal just a couple plays later.
Junior Brooke Doten followed up with a backhand shot out of the set position to make the score 3-0. Doten ended up leading the team with six goals.
Junior Emily Blackwell defended the goal well, blocking several shots and even stealing the ball several times, making the score at the end of the first quarter 7-0.
Early in the second quarter, Rio Americano scored its first goal with a shot from the left goal post.
Sophomore Faith Cerussi wrestled with opponents to keep the ball and popped off shots to score twice. Cerussi also blocked a shot at the end of the first half to keep the Devils ahead 14-1.
Senior Alex Logvy added to the score by making two shots out of center, including one with two defenders on her. With goals from Doten and senior Sofia Dolan, the score at the end of the third quarter was 19-1.
The Raiders scored four more times, but the Blue Devils were the ultimate victors.
Despite the score, senior Alyse Lodigiani sees the learning value in the game.
“I think for our newer players, it was a great experience to get a feeling of what a true varsity game is like,” Lodigiani said.
“We had some of our less experienced players play, which is a good opportunity for them because the best way to learn is to play and when we play tougher teams, younger or less experienced players don’t get to improve,” Dolan said.