The HHS Water Polo team played pool play against Ann Arbor Pioneer, Zeeland and East Grand Rapids.
The Eagles first matched up against Ann Arbor Pioneer, 2016 State Champions, on Friday evening. The Eagles once again played a game where the took a commanding lead and finished the first quarter with a score of 6-0. This gave an opportunity for the Eagles to rotate through the Varsity roster. At half the Eagles lead 7-3. Madeline Worst lead the game for assists (5), while Alaina Lubbers and Claire Tuttle lead scoring, each with 3 goals. Other goals were made by Serena DeJonge (2), Maddy Jones (2), Emily Tuttle (2), Grace Boeve (1), and Madeline Worst (1). The Eagles had a strong defense with Analise Patsiavos blocking 10 shots on goal. Also Alaina Lubber and Madeline Worst leading the team with steals. The team had a total of 11 drawn exclusions on the Pioneers. The exclusions provided the Eagles with the advantage which they turned into 7 goals. The Eagles finished the game with a score of 14-7.
On Saturday morning, the Eagles played Zeeland. Again the Eagles played a strong first half and finished the first half ahead 8-2. The Eagles continued to play a very strong all-around game to beat Zeeland 15-2. Again leading the goals for this game were Alaina Lubber (4) and Claire Tuttle (4). Claire Tuttle also lead the team for steals.
The Eagles then played East Grand Rapids for the final game in pool play. At half the Eagles were ahead of the boisterous EGR team 5-3. Alaina Lubbers (6) and Emily Tuttle (4) lead the team for goals. The Eagles boasted 20 steals for this game, leading the steals were Maddy Jones (5), Emily Tuttle (4) and Madeline Worst (4). 18 exclusions were called on EGR and 3 of EGR players became ineligible to play in the last quarter, leaving EGR with only 5 eligible field players to finish the game. The Eagles finished this game with a strong 12-4 win to advance to the championship game.
The Eagles played the Rockford Rams in the tournament championship game Saturday evening. The Eagles lead 4-1 after the first quarter. Both teams played an intense game to hold the score at 4-1 at half. Scoring for the Eagles were Alaina Lubbers (3), Grace Boeve (1), Maddy Jones (1), Claire Tuttle (1), and Emily Tuttle (1). Serena DeJonge and Madeline Worst both had 2 assists. On defense Grace Boeve drew 11 exclusions on the Rams which provided offense opportunities for the Eagles. Madeline Worst also contributed to a strong defense game leading the team with 7 steals. Serena DeJonge, Kelly Peasley, Claire Tuttle and Emily Tuttle all had quick reflexes and each saved a rebound for ball possession. The Eagles finished this game on top 7-3 and named tournament champions!
Additional highlights from the weekend include the Eagles winning 15 of 16 sprints with Claire Tuttle (11), Kelly Peasley (2) and Serena DeJonge (2) as the speed-racers! Also Analise Patsiavos with a total of 39 blocks!
This week the Eagles begin post season play for Districts. The first game is 10:30 AM in Rockford and they will play the winner of the Zeeland/Grandville game.
Congrats to this team finishing first in the OK Conference for regular season for a 4-peat!