Air Force Water Polo Splits At Northern Calif. Tournament
The Falcon's water polo team split this weekend with two losses and two wins at the Northern California Water Polo Tournament, which was hosted by the University of the Pacific. Air Force lost in Saturday's first match to UC San Diego, 12-9, and in its second match against Cal Baptist, 6-5. The Falcons were able to close out the weekend with back-to-back wins against UC Santa Cruz, 10-7, and UC Davis, 12-5.
Vs. UC San Diego- The Falcons began their first match of the tournament against UC San Diego, holding their own and winning the first quarter, 2-0. UC San Diego turned the match around in the second quarter, outscoring Air Force, 4-2. UCSD went on to win the final two periods, 6-5 and 2-0, ultimately taking the match, 12-9. Leading the Falcons in scoring were C1Cs Wade Grabow with three goals and Chad Simendinger with two. C1C Brent Reimer, C2C David Breitenbach, C3C Chris Smith, and C4C Scott Butler each had a goal in the Falcons first match of the tournament.
Vs. Cal Baptist- Air Force played a close game in its second match of the day against the Cal Baptist Lancers. The Falcons lost the first two quarters, 2-1 and 2-0, but were able to outscore the Lancers in the third, 2-1, and in the fourth, 2-1. Unfortunately the effort in the last two quarters wasn't enough for a tie or to put the Falcons over for a win, and Cal Baptist tool the match, 6-5. Air Force's top scorer was C1C Derek Argel with three goals. Reimer and Butler each had one.
Vs. UC Santa Cruz- Air Force began Sunday's first match with a fresh start, outscoring UC Santa Cruz, 3-1, in the first quarter. The Falcons continued to fight off their competition throughout the remainder of the match, outscoring UCSC, 4-3, in the second quarter and tying 2-2 and 1-1 in the third and fourth to win the match, 10-7. Scoring for the Falcons were Argel with five goals, Simendinger and Smith with two each, and Butler with one.
Vs. UC Davis- The Falcons took on the Aggies of UC Davis in their final match Sunday afternoon for 13th place. Air Force dominated the first quarter, outscoring the Aggies 4-0. The Falcons held off UC Davis, tying in the second and third quarters 2-2, 2-2. Air Force pulled out once again dominating in the fourth quarter and outscoring the Aggies, 4-1. The Falcons ended up winning the match 12-5.
Air Force is off this week. The Falcons will face Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara at Loyola, Calif., Nov. 4.