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Women's Water Polo beats Miami Beach
4/15/2018 1:29:00 PM

Down in Miami, Women's Water Polo squared off against the state's top team, Miami Gulliver, in the Ransom Invitational and despite a strong effort, DP didn't have enough firepower to stay with the Raiders in an 18-9 loss. Bailey Valdes led the Panthers with four goals, Caroline Grzeszczak added two scores, three assists and three steals, with solo goals credited to Emma Hallson (two steals), Ana Luisa Cotta (two steals), and Peyton HainesBrittney Bonnin led the defense with five steals and assisted on two scores while Samantha Horency stopped nine shots on goal. In the second game of the tournament, the Panthers jumped out to a 7-4 first half lead on MAST Academy but were outscored 6-1 in the third quarter before falling, 13-11. DP was led offensively by Caroline Grzeszczak and Bailey Valdes with four goals apiece while Emma Hallson (goal, assist, steal), Ana Luisa Cotta (goal, assist) and Peyton Haines (goal, three steals) completed the scoring line. Sam Horency had a big game in the cage, stopping 14 shots, picking up two steals and assisting on three goals. 


Day two of the Ransom Invitational paired Women's Water Polo with Miami Beach in their first contest and the Panthers had their way with little resistance in a 17-3 thrashing. Eight different players got into the scoring fray led by Caroline Grzeszczak (five goals, four assists, four steals), Bailey Valdes (three goals, three assists, three steals) and sophomore Ana Luisa Cotta, who scored two goals, collected four steals and set a new school record with four field blocks in one game. Alyssa Hyman and Hope Miller scored twice, while Hannah HarrisPeyton Haines and Julia Batzer also picked up a goal apiece. In the tournament finale, DP matched up with perennial power Miami Ransom and despite a strong push midway through that kept them within striking distance, Ransom held off DP for a 12-7 victory. Bailey Valdes scored three, Peyton Haines picked up two goals and solo goals were tallied by Emma Hallson and Caroline GrzeszczakSamantha Horency stopped 15 shots in the cage and also gathered up four steals. DP (16-8) will head into the District Tournament Tuesday as the number two seed and will take on third-seeded Apopka at 5:00 pm at the Aquatic Center.

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