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Dawgs unbeaten
Ceres High girls water polo improves to 10-0
Kaitlyn Foster and Ceres Highs varsity girls water polo team opened the Western Athletic Conference season with an impressive 21-2 win over visiting Pacheco last Wednesday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls water polo program has enjoyed a historical start to the 2016 season.

The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 on the year after defeating Tracy 15-7 in the championship game of the Fourth Annual McNair Tournament on Saturday in Stockton.

"I always thought we had good players," Ceres High head coach Stephen Dias said. "This year, we have unity. They're working together. It's exciting."

The Bulldogs brought home a first-place trophy from the McNair tournament.

Bret Harte, West, Denair, Calaveras, Stagg and Franklin placed third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Ceres High collected wins against Tracy, Franklin, McNair and West.

Julia Pata and fellow Bulldog Kaitlyn Foster were both named to the all-tourney team.

Pata had a team-high six goals in the finals.

Camryn Silva added five goals.

Camryn Elness tallied seven saves.

Foster poured in seven goals versus McNair.

"I expected a lot stronger teams at the tournament because of the area," Dias said.

Ceres High opened the Western Athletic Conference campaign with a 21-2 win over visiting Pacheco on Wednesday.

Pata led the Bulldogs with seven goals.

Silva and Foster contributed six and four goals, respectively.

Emily Campidonica had two goals.

Noelia de Leon and Madison Zamaroni both scored once.

"I didn't try to run up the score," Dias said. "I thought I did a pretty good job rotating the girls in and out. Our team is playing in total unity right now. They know what they're doing and do it well. I'm very proud of them."

Ceres High will play at Livingston today at 4 p.m.