Ocean View's Cintia Ruiz, right, goes up for a header against Pacifica's Jenny Rodriguez during a CIF Southern Section Division 6 second-round playoff game on Tuesday.

Ocean View's Cintia Ruiz, right, goes up for a header against Pacifica's Jenny Rodriguez during a CIF Southern Section Division 6 second-round playoff game on Tuesday. (Scott Smeltzer | HB Independent / February 20, 2013)


Girls' Water Polo

Ocean View was the lone local team still alive in postseason play entering the week.

The Seahawks, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 7, advanced to the division semifinals by winning their first two games. The Golden West League champions opened the playoffs with a 10-2 win over La Puente (Valle Vista League No. 3) on Feb. 14. They held on for a 5-4 quarterfinal win Saturday over Beaumont (Mountain Pass League No. 2).

Ocean View (22-8) faced Mt. Baldy League champ Chino (21-7) Wednesday but the score from the semifinal game wasn't available at press time.

The winner advances to face either No. 2-seed Citrus Valley or No. 3-seed Hemet Saturday in the division final at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.

Ocean View Coach Melissa Fernandez said the program is making its first appearance in the semifinal round.

"We are really excited to be playing in the semifinals," she said. "We need to take it one step at a time and focus on our game against Chino, before we think finals. But, a CIF title has been the girls' ultimate goal for the season, all year, so I am really proud of how far they have come and am excited to make a run at it."

Edison and Huntington Beach both dropped their first-round games in Santa Barbara in the Division 1 tournament on Feb. 13.

Edison was outscored, 6-3, in the second half by host San Marcos (Channel League No. 2) and ended up with an 11-8 loss to the Royals. Sabrina Jensen came off the bench and scored four goals for the Chargers. The sophomore scored 44 goals this season which is 24th all-time on the Edison single-season scoring list. Melissa Balding scored twice and finished with 59 goals on the year (16th all-time). Balding also broke the single-season school record for ejections drawn with 80, and set the new career mark for kick-outs (192), breaking the previous record of 165 set by Danielle Warde.

Risa Burke scored once to run her season goals total to 50 which is 19th all-time for the program. Delaney Cleveland also scored once. Junior goalie Josette Santos registered 14 saves, which included two blocks on a pair of five-meter shots in the second half.

Santos, who Edison Coach Diggy Riley said "played incredible and had another stellar game," finished the year with a school-record 11 blocks on penalty shots.

"We knew traveling north that we were going to face a very tough San Marcos, who arguably was playing the best of any team in Division 1 team," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said. "We had beaten them twice in the [regular] season, but to me, that meant nothing. Our girls played with a lot of emotion and passion. I was so proud of this team and the season they had. They were really fun to coach and stayed focused the entire year. "

The Chargers, the third-place team from the Sunset League, ended the year 14-15.

Huntington played its opener at top-ranked Santa Barbara and lost, 17-7, to the Dons (25-4). Sammy Preston scored twice to lead the Oilers in scoring.

"Santa Barbara has a tough zone defense we were able to find holes in, but not enough," Huntington Coach Brian Anderson said. "They are a solid team. I am proud of my girls this year. We had a tough schedule, and they were solid all the way through."

The Oilers, an at-large playoff entry from the Sunset League, closed out the year at 15-14.


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