Photo by: Andy Wilhelm
Sophomore Jessee Ransone and the Tritons advanced to the WWPA Championship game with Saturday's win over Sonoma State.

No. 12 UC San Diego Glides Into WWPA Championship Game With Semifinal Win Over Sonoma State, 11-1


LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 12 University of California San Diego women's water polo team had a solid all-around performance on Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 5-seed Sonoma State, 11-1, in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship semifinals at Canyonview Aquatic Center.

With the victory, No. 1-seeded UC San Diego (23-11) advances to Sunday's WWPA tournament final against No. 2-seed Cal State East Bay beginning at 1 p.m. The Tritons will attempt to win the WWPA crown for the sixth consecutive season and seventh time in the last eight years.

Freshman Robyn Carter (San Diego/The Bishop's School) led the Tritons in scoring for the second straight day, finishing with a game-high three goals. Fellow freshman Sydney Boland (La Jolla/La Jolla HS) added a goal with three assists, sophomore Jessee Ransone scored two goals, junior Maddy Wieseler had three assists, and freshman goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli (La Jolla/La Jolla HS) recorded a career-high 13 saves in three quarters played to earn the victory.

UC San Diego (23-11) shrugged off a slow start by scoring four goals in the second period to take a 5-1 halftime advantage. Carter, Ransone, junior Carly Innis and junior Halley Atkinson (Escondido/Mission Hills HS) each had one goal in the quarter.

Senior Colleen Ratcliff's (Jamul/Valhalla HS) goal to begin the second half was followed by scores from Ransone and senior captain Kayla Fedler, as the Tritons led 9-1 after three quarters.

WWPA Championship Semifinals
No. 1 UC San Diego 11, No. 5 Sonoma State 1
Score By Quarters

SSU: 1 0 0 0 - 1
UCSD: 1 4 4 2 - 11

SSU: Taylor Brown.
UCSD: Robyn Carter 3, Carly Innis 2, Jessee Ransone 2, Halley Atkinson, Sydney Boland, Kayla Fedler, Colleen Ratcliff.

SSU: Lisa Rodarmel 10, Brooke Sullivan 3.
UCSD: Bennett Bugelli 13, Tori Rainone 3.


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