Monache High School girls water polo picked up their first win of the season with a 12-10 victory over Reedley in Thursday's non-league game at home.
Claire Schrein totaled a game-high six goals followed by Ava Lobue with three, Nevaeh Moncibaiz had two and Kalina Weaver scored one to round out the Marauders scoring.
Monache led 7-3 at the end of the first half but Reedley stayed on their heels and both teams scored three goals apiece in the third, keeping the Marauders at a 10-6 lead.
In the fourth, the Pirates made it a one-goal game thanks to a goal in the second minute but Schrein sealed the win with another goal less than a minute later.
“We came out today really low energy,” MHS head coach Kyla Conway said. “But they're a good team and good teams find a way to win, and that's what we were able to do.”
In the cage Infinity Dignam finished with five saves, including two important ones in the final minutes of the game.
“'Fin did what she needed to do at the end, she saved us,” Conway said.
Conway took over the varsity program this season from former head coach Brandon Weaver. She played water polo at Porterville High School under head coach Richard Taylor and was most recently the Panthers' girls junior varsity water polo coach.
The season started a little slow with players coming out late and needing to get physicals but Conway said the team is fine now.
“Right now we're solid,” she said. “We have all our girls out and I think girls are starting to buy in and realize what it takes to be in a successful varsity program. So we're building and getting better.”
The Marauders play again today and Saturday in a tournament hosted by Tulare Union High School.
“This weekend we get to play four games, so we need to get going as a team,” Conway said. “Get our game plan down and just get some experience under our belt as a team.”
Strathmore High School girls water polo defeated Sunnyside 17-0 on the road in Thursday's non-league game.
Paulina Cemo led with eight goals, four assists and four steals. Faith Wynn had four goals and one assist. Sidney Hartsell had two goals and three assist. AnnMarie Patterson scored two goals and had four saves. Mykah Garcia had one goal and one assist.
BOYS WATER POLO
El Diamante 19
Porterville High School boys water polo fell 19-16 at El Diamante in Thursday's non-league game.
Trevor Riley led the team with eight goals and Levi Davis had three. Both Garrett Lamb and Tyler Avila had two and Ethan Merritt had one.
Sophomore Nick True had four blocks and two steals.
Mt. Whitney 4
Porterville High School girls tennis defeated Mt. Whitney 5-4 in a non-league match Thursday on the road.
In singles, No. 2 Sierra Mitchell won 8-1, No. 4 Jewelia Maniss won 8-1, No. 5 Lizbeth Martinez won 8-4 and No. 6 Zeila Rivera won 8-2. In doubles, Mitchell and Erica Palad won the No. 2 match 8-4.
The Panthers are now 2-1 after an 8-1 win against El Diamante on Wednesday.
Golden West 0
Monache High School volleyball defeated Golden West 3-0 in a non-league game at home Thursday. They won the sets 25-8, 25-19 and 25-10, respectively.
Setter Gabriella Cox had 31 assists, four digs, four kills, three blocks and one ace. Libero Kristen Watson had 13 service points, eight aces and six digs. Hally Flynn had 10 kills, 10 digs, three aces, two assists and one block. Kailyn Castle had eight kills and four digs. Tia Jules had five kills, two blocks and one ace. Ashlynn Baxter had 12 service points, five kills, three aces and one block. Morgan Hunter had three kills, three blocks and two digs.