Varsity water polo takes second at Jenison

Adrianna Craft goes in for a goal.

The Lady Rams varsity girls water polo team placed second in Jenison’s two-in-one tournament last weekend.

At the Jenison Varsity/JV Invitational the Rockford High School girls varsity water polo team, currently ranked first in the state, started out aggressively against West Ottawa, but their opponent matched their tenacity for the first half. However, the strength and depth of the Rcofkord team prevailed with a final score of 15-4 in favor of the Lady Rams.

Five players scored, including Casey Wolfer with six goals, Adrianna Craft with five, Maddie Levine with two, and Abbey Finlayson and Morgan Longberg with a goal apiece. Goalie Ellianna Raymond had nine saves.

Abbey Finlayson, #9, senior, making a pass.

The next game was against the Jenison Wildcats. The Rams scored four goals in the first half—Longberg and Levine with two each—while Jenison scored one goal.

The second half was a defensive battle; there was only one goal, by Wolfer, in the second half. Raymond had nine saves, and the final score was 5-1.

The second day of the tournament and the last game in the “A” pool bracket, the varsity team played East Kentwood. This game was a hard-fought win and was close the entire game, with a final score of 5-4. Wolfer led the scoring with four goals and Kara Vandawater added one goal.

Both the Rams’ varsity and junior varsity won their pools and advanced to the championship game.

Casey Wolfer, #9, senior, she was dribbling the ball.

In the final game, the varsity team faced the Zeeland East-Zeeland West team, which was the first time Rockford had played this opponent. Zeeland played well defensively and held the Rams to one goal (Vandawater). It was a tough loss, with a final score of 9-1, but the Rams team will use the lesson to prepare for their next regular conference game.

“It was a very good weekend for the team,” said Head Coach Scott Voltz. “While we didn’t play particularly well at times, we definitely benefitted from the chance to play the area’s best teams and see some things that we really need to work on. It shows that the rest of the season will be really exciting, and I think we’ll be ready for it.”

The Rams next play at East Kentwood and also at Portage Central before this weekend’s varsity tournament at Stevenson, Ill.

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