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Hornets Finish Fourth in State

photo courtesy Dana Davenport
The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team wrapped up the 2015 water polo season with a fourth place finish at the Washington Girls High School Water Polo State Championship on Saturday, May 23, at Curtis High School, in University Place, WA.

The Lady Hornets advanced to post-season play by finishing in the top four of the East Division in regular season play. Enumclaw finished the regular season with a 9-1 division record, and a 16-7 overall record; the Hornets clinched the Division Title with a 15-8 win in the tie-breaker game with Auburn Riverside on Tuesday, May 12.

Enumclaw finished second at the Region I Tournament on May 16 at Rogers High School in Puyallup. The Hornets beat Peninsula 15-5 on Friday, May 15, and Wilson 11-8 on Saturday, May 16, before losing in the Regional Championship 18-5 to the Gig Harbor Tides, the defending State Champion and eventual 2015 State Champion.

At State, Enumclaw opened on Thursday, May 21 against Bellevue, and advanced from the opening round with a 7-5 win over the fierce Wolverines. In the semi-final, Newport beat the Hornets 16-1, advancing the Knights to the Championship Game, and dropping the Hornets into the consolation round.

On the final day of the State tournament, Enumclaw rallied from five points behind with less than four minutes left in the game, to beat Mercer Island in overtime, 12-11, and advance to the 3rd place/4th place game against Curtis later that day. In the Hornets’ final game, the exhausted Hornets were overcome by a powerful Curtis team, and lost 18-0.

In addition to the fourth place trophy, the Hornets returned home with some individual honors – senior captain Hayley Sonneson was named to the First Team All-Tournament Team, senior captain Bailey Sexton was named to the Second Team All-Tournament Team, and junior Anna Davenport earned All-Tournament Honorable Mention.