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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team pulled off their biggest win of the season Monday afternoon as they pulled off the 13-7 victory over Division I Villanova.
The Wildcats were 5-6 coming into the match-up with wins over George Washington, Gannon, Penn State Behrend, Occidental, Caltech, and La Verne. But at the Slade Aquatic Center they were not ready for the Purple & Gold.
Whittier remains hot winning three in a row and four of their last five. They improve to 4-3.
The first quarter was all Poets holding Nova scoreless, while putting up three connections from Marina Daroca Bazan (Barcelona, Spain) and Roni Ramirez (La Habra, Calif.). On two of the goals Teresa Marchetti (Messina, Italy) added the dimes. In the second Villanova mounted a comeback putting up five tallies but still couldn't made any head way as Whittier would put up four of their own from Ramirez, Jacqueline Au (Los Angeles, Calif.), Marchetti, and Sawyer Bellville (Chino, Calif.).
Out of the break Whittier put together another strong defensive stand again holding Nova scoreless, while stretching their lead to 10-5 following connections from Marchetti, Ramirez, and Taylor Kleinert (Lodi, Calif.).
Over the final ten minutes the Wildcats attempted a comeback with two goals coming with under 3:30 to play but it wouldn't be enough as Bellville, Ramirez, and Emma Romero (El Segundo, Calif.) would put the game out of reach.
Tahlia Pou (Stockton, Calif.) got the start and finished with four saves playing the first half. Lauren Tapia (Whittier, Calif.) came in for the second half and held off the comeback also adding four stops. Whittier was outshot by Villanova 24-23 but was a perfect 5-for-5 on power-plays. Ramirez finished with four goals and an assist to lead the offense and Marchetti put up two goals and four assists.
Whittier returns to competition tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, March 6 when they enter into Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play with a road match-up with the University of La Verne. Game time set for 4:00pm.