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Ceres High girls water polo team tops Livingston, loses to Los Banos
Camryn Silva and Ceres Highs second-place varsity girls water polo team will battle first-place Los Banos today in Ceres at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs lost 12-8 to the Tigers last week. - photo by Photo courtesy of Anthony Gerads

Ceres High's varsity girls water polo team improved to 2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference standings after coasting to an 11-4 victory against visiting Livingston on Wednesday.

"Obviously, we beat them pretty good," head coach Stephen Dias said. "But they put up a good fight."

Camryn Silva netted a game-high four goals for the Bulldogs.

Noelia De Leon and Gisele Garcia contributed to goals each.

Emily Campidonica and Savannah Zielke chipped in with one goal apiece.

Goalkeeper Camryn Elness totaled eight blocks.

Powered by Silva's dominant play on offense, the Bulldogs built a 7-1 lead in the opening half.

Camryn accounted for four of Ceres High's goals, including two straight in the opening two minutes.

"She's fast," Dias said. "She knows how to shoot."

Ceres High outscored Los Livingston 4-3 during the second half.

The Bulldogs never trailed on their way to topping the Wolves.

Ceres High lost 12-8 at reigning WAC-champion Los Banos on Oct. 2.

"We didn't lose because we played bad," Dias said. "They played better."

The Tigers (3-0) edged out the Bulldogs for the conference title in 2016.

"In this league, it's Ceres and Los Banos," Dias said. "We'll fight it out for the top spot again."

Silva scored four goals against the Tigers last week.

Zielke and Kassandra Armas both had two goals.

Elness totaled 16 blocks.

Los Banos led from start to finishing in beating Ceres High.

"We were fighting an uphill battle," Dias said. "My girls were tired from playing in the McNair Tournament (the previous weekend). They were beat up. But they didn't quit."

The Bulldogs need to beat the Tigers in Ceres today to keep their WAC-title hopes alive. The match will get underway at 4 p.m.

"The pressure is internal," Dias said. "Everybody knows Los Banos is good. My girls are determined to beat them."