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CHS girls remain in hunt of WAC water polo title
Bulldogs move into first-place tie
Emily Campidonica and Ceres Highs varsity girls water polo team knocked off visiting Los Banos 10-5 on Oct. 16. - photo by Photo courtesy of Anthony Gerads

Ceres High's varsity girls water polo team kept its Western Athletic Conference title hopes alive this past week.

The Bulldogs won all three of their matches and moved into a tie for first place in the WAC standings (6-1) with the reigning conference-champion Los Banos Tigers.

Los Banos edged out Ceres High for the 2016 WAC title.

"We want it bad this year because next year we'll be playing in a new league," Bulldogs' head coach Stephen Dias said. "I don't know what's ahead of us."

Visiting Ceres High routed second-place Livingston 15-4 on Oct. 16.

Ceres High exacted revenge with a surprisingly-easy 10-5 win over Los Banos on Oct. 16 in Ceres.

Los Banos won the first meeting, 12-8, on Oct. 2.

"Not only did we win, we did it playing great," Dias said. "That's one of the best games I've seen Ceres play ever. It was fun to watch."

Ceres High's Camryn Silva poured in a game-high eight goals against Los Banos.

Bulldog teammates Noelia De Leon and Emily Campidonica both scored once.

Ceres High goalkeeper Camryn Elness totaled 15 saves.

"She (Elness) was spot on with her blocks," Dias said.

The Bulldogs never trailed in dominating the Tigers last week.

Ceres High led 3-0 at intermission.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 7-5 during the second half.

"We focused on what we practiced and played our game," Dias said. "Our passing game worked. Our defense was strong. We were clicking as a unit."

Ceres High used just about every second of every possession during the final three minutes of play.

"We wasted time," Dias said. "We didn't force shots. We frustrated them."

Ceres High dominated Pacheco 15-1 on Oct. 18 in Los Banos.

Ceres High will battle Los Banos on the road and Livingston at home this week.

The Bulldogs are striving to win their first-ever conference title.

"Los Banos is our nemesis," Dias said. "I'm confident we can beat them again if we play like this. It's going to be a tough game. Anything can happen."