Rockford Rams Women’s Water Polo Team

Rams JV water polo wins Jenison tournament

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

Grueling six straight days of games intense When the Rockford women’s water polo teams returned from spring break, they had their work cut out for them, as in six consecutive days of games. For those familiar with this grueling sport, this means something, especially since Friday and Saturday consisted of multiple games as part of the Jenison round robin tournament. To the Lady Rams, they took the schedule in stride. Head Coach Scott Voltz noted, “It has been a crazy week! To come back from spring break and have only one practice prior to this week’s games, it can be quite a challenge. The girls have responded well. We also have learned from a lot of game situations and come out of this week stronger than we came in.” The junior varsity team hit its stride on Friday and Saturday at the Jenison Invitational, winning all four of their games to earn first place. Freshman Ellie Raymond was particularly strong in the final game against host team Jenison, stopping 12 attempts to beat Jenison 9-4. Freshman Adrianna Kraft had five goals, Sarah Smith had two, and Abby Finlayson and Alyssa Rollins each had one. To get to the finals on Saturday, April 17, the JV squad defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 9-2, East Kentwood 11-0, and Hudsonville 13-3. The varsity team faced very tough opponents at the Jenison Invitational, starting out with top seed Naperville from the Chicago area. Besides the Early Bird Tournament in Ann Arbor, the Rams’ varsity team had not experienced play at this level this season. They fell to Naperville 3-8, then lost a close game in overtime to East Kentwood 4-5. The score flip-flopped throughout the game, with many of the Rams’ opportunities just hitting the cross bar. The Lady Rams will seek a rematch on Tuesday, April 20 at East Kentwood. Following this tough loss, the Rams faced powerhouse Hudsonville and hung with them until the fourth quarter, which began tied at 3-3. The Rams lost 4-7, but now know what to look for during the playoffs. The Lady Rams wrapped up the tournament with a 13-3 victory over Grandville, with five saves from junior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas, three goals from Casey Wolfer, two from Emily Williams, Lauren Hulsebus and […]

Rockford Rams women’s water polo off to strong start

April 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rockford is well-known throughout Michigan and beyond for having exceptional water polo teams year after year. With both men’s and women’s state championship title banners hanging in the Rockford natatorium, this can be daunting to opposing teams, while motivating Rockford coaches and players to continue to rebuild when talented seniors graduate. The 2010 women’s water polo team under new Head Coach Scott Voltz knows this scenario well. This year’s seniors and juniors experienced the thrill of winning the 2008 state championship team, and battling back last year as they rebuilt with younger players. As the 2010 season unfolds, both coaches and players are excited for the challenges that lie ahead. If the opening games are any indication, both the varsity and JV squads show much promise. On March 26-27, Coach Voltz and JV Coach Katie Clarin traveled to Ann Arbor with 17 players for the Early Bird Tournament and came home 2-2, defeating last year’s state champion Ann Arbor Pioneer 4-2 and Birmingham Seaholm 8-7. The Lady Rams lost a back-and-forth battle with Troy, 6-7, in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, and hung with state favorite Okemos for most of the first half in the final weekend game, losing 3-8. Following the four-game Ann Arbor tournament, Coach Voltz noted, “We have a great group of girls who have an obvious love for the game and desire to get better. If we continue to work together and improve as a team, we have an enormous potential for success.” On Tuesday, March 30, the Rams took on Grand Haven in their home opener, with both the JV and varsity teams dominating. Varsity won 10-4, with scoring from Wolfer (four goals/one assist), Gremel (three goals/one assist), Weston (two goals), and Beeg (one goal). Goalie Tiffany Elenbaas was strong with 13 saves, one assist and two steals. Senior Holly Nauta and junior Emily Williams also contributed with one assist each. The team was strong on defensive, collectively racking up 18 steals. The JV squad beat the Buccaneers 14-3, with sophomore sisters Alaina and Sarah Smith and Julia Ceglowski each scoring two goals. Adrianna Craft, Marie Siegel, Abbey Finlayson, Amanda Mull, Maddie Levine, Sarah Karamol, Morgan Longberg, and Kelley Lipe also each scored a goal. Goalie Elli Raymond […]