Stanford 14A girls win twice to open National JO water polo

The Stanford Water Polo Club opened the girls' competition at the National Junior Olympics on Thursday, with seven teams playing in five divisions. After a total of 17 matches, only one team remained unbeaten.

The Stanford 14A squad posted an 11-2 win over Diablo Red and a 6-4 triumph over Xtreme to finish Day 1 in the Championship Division of the world's largest water polo tournament unbeaten.

Stanford had another team survive the first day unscathed, although it wasn't an all-girls squad. The 10U co-ed squad produced victories over San Diego Shores (7-2) and Newport Beach (13-3) to keep its title hopes alive.

The Stanford 18A girls finished 2-1, as did the 18B team, 16A and 12A to open the four-day tournament that concludes Sunday with medal matches at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Complex.

Stanford 18A, which features many of recently graduated high school seniors from the local area, opened with a 21-1 dunking of Thunder WP Black, but dropped an 11-5 decision to 680 Red A before bouncing back to beat Navy AC, 15-3, at Serra High.

Stanford 18B posted an 8-1 win over Chula Vista, lost to SET, 14-1, but edged American River, 3-1.

Stanford 16A posted a 14-1 win over Soquel Waxem before falling to CHAWP, 9-8. That forced a third match on Thursday, with Stanford defeating 680 Blue, 12-6, at Saratoga High.

Stanford 12A followed the same pattern, opening with a 7-5 win over Lamorinda before losing to 680 Red A, 14-1. In Game 3, Stanford rolled to a 15-6 victory over Bakersfield at Sacred Heart Prep.

Stanford 14B was blanked by Rose Bowl Black (17-0) and fell to Newport Beach (15-4).

In the Classic Division, Stanford 16B opened 1-2 following a win over Ellis Aquatics (10-4), a loss to Alliance (18-5) and a loss to Academy WPC (6-4).

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by John Barman
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Stanford has 2 undefeated teams, actually. Stanford's 10 and under co-ed team is also currently undefeated.

Yesterday the 10s team defeated San Diego Shores 7-2 in the morning and Newport Beach in the afternoon to automatically advance to the top Platinum group.

This morning Stanford defeated SOCAL, from Tustin, CA, in a very tight match by a score of 5-4. This afternoon Stanford takes on Riverside. Should Stanford win this game they will advance to the semi-finals tomorrow.

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