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Crescenta Valley girls' water polo sits down Redlands East Valley, possible semifinal foe

Water polo: Falcons outlast Redlands East Valley, 7-4, Saturday at PCC.

February 02, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge

PASADENA — In what could easily have been a prequel to a matchup in the upcoming CIF-Southern Section Division V girls’ water polo playoffs, Redlands East Valley took on Crescenta Valley at high noon Saturday in the pool at Pasadena City College.

Both teams clearly viewed the nonleague contest with an eye to the upcoming Division V playoffs, or the “real season,” as CV Coach Brent Danna put it, because, if the rankings and the yet-to-be-released brackets hold, the top-ranked Falcons will be matching up with the No. 4-ranked Wildcats again, but this time with a berth in the finals on the line.

“[REV] is ranked fourth in the CIF and if everything holds par, we play them in the CIF semifinals if we get there, so it’s a big deal,” Danna said.

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However, first thing was first on Saturday as the Falcons took an early lead, made adjustments the rest of the way, stayed strong until the end and came away with a 7-4 nonleague victory over a Redlands Valley East team that last Saturday had knocked off Los Osos, which was then the top-ranked team in Division III.

“[CV] made a good defensive adjustment in the second half, so hopefully we’ll be able to see them again and make some adjustments,” Wildcats Coach Troy Delmonico said. “That’s why I was really pleased they allowed us to play the game at this time. I think going into CIF it’s good for both of us.”

After a couple minutes without a shot attempt in the first quarter, Crescenta Valley (25-2) scored goals on its first two shots and put in three goals total in a 1:58 span starting at the 4:32 mark. Elissa Arnold started the run with a mid-range shot from the right side. With 3:29 to go, driver Katie Benson swam the ball in from the top and fired a shot that went off Wildcats goalie Alexis Hollinrake’s arm into the side netting. Less than a minute later, Ashley Taylor made it 3-0 with a lob shot over the netminder’s left shoulder from the deep middle of the offensive zone.

Redlands East Valley (15-7) got on the board with 1:58 left in the opening frame, when sophomore Maddy Wieseler fired a shot into the lower right corner of the net. Crescenta Valley quickly answered with a goal on a skip shot by Breana Lawton 16 seconds after the Wieseler score and the hosts led 4-1 after the first quarter.

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