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CHS girls defend water polo title at McNair tourney
Elness, Silva lead Bulldogs
Ceres Highs varsity girls water polo team placed first at the McNair Tournament for the second year in a row. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls water polo team had a productive week.

The Bulldogs successfully defended their title while placing first at the Sept. 29-30 McNair Tournament in Stockton.

"I was expecting to win," head coach Stephen Dias said. "They met my expectations."

Ceres High won all four of its matches.

Goalkeeper Camryn Elness and field player Camryn Silva earned all-tournament honors.

"This year, it was more of a challenge," Dias said. "The girls really wanted to win. There was a lot of good teamwork. They were communicating. They did a dynamite job."

Ceres High topped Tracy 5-3 for the title Saturday afternoon.

Camryn Silva had a team-high three goals.

Emily Campidonica and Savannah Zielke both scored once.

Elness had seven blocks.

"It was a grudge match," Dias said. "They got very physical. We fought back with our play."

Ceres High edged Tracy 6-5 Saturday morning.
Silva had three goals.

Campidonica added two goals.

De Leon had one goal.

Ceres High routed Franklin 18-1 and Bret Harte 16-9 on Friday.

Silva totaled a team-high eight goals against Bret Harte.
Zielke added five goals.

Gisele Garcia scored four times versus Franklin.

Silva and Ninweh Gorges both added three goals.

Kassandra Armas had two goals.

De Leon, Zielke, Elness, Angelina Colunga, Savannah Jordan and Adriana Lopez all had one goal.

Ceres High opened Western Athletic Conference play with an 18-1 win over host Pacheco on Wednesday.

Silva poured in six goals.

Zielke and De Leon both tallied three goals.

Armas, Campidonica, Colunga, Garcia, Gorges and Ana Perez all had one goal.

"The girls are more unified as a team this year," Dias said. "They're doing a dynamite job."

Pacheco edges CHS
Ceres High's three wins against Pacheco in varsity boys water polo last year were by a combined five goals.

The Panthers returned the favor by opening the 2017 WAC season with a 12-10 victory over the visiting Bulldogs on Wednesday in Los Banos.

"We did all we could," Ceres High head coach Bill Campbell said. "We just came up a little short. We didn't beat ourselves."

Ethan Letras and Elliott Lewis both scored a team-high four goals for Ceres High.

David Johnson and Jacob Black chipped in with one goal apiece.

Bulldog goalkeeper Caleb Cannella totaled 21 saves.

Ceres High fell behind 6-3 before cutting the deficit to 8-7 in the second quarter.

The Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 4-3 during the second half.

"It was a pretty exciting game," Campbell said. "It could have gone either way. We played well."

Pacheco dictated the pace of the match by running set plays on offense for its hole-set.

Ceres High had more fast-break goals.

"We could have executed differently," Campbell said. "We could have slowed the game down and used our speed in spurts. We could have done a lot of things better."
Ceres High beat Pacheco by scores of 12-9, 12-11 and 8-7 last season.

"I'm sure the rematch will be competitive," Campbell said.