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Hornets Win in Opening Round at State

The EHS Girls Water Polo Team beat Bellevue 7-5 in the opening round at the Washington State Girls High School Water Polo Tournament, at Curtis High School, on Thursday, May 21.

The win advances the Hornets into one of the State Tournament semi-final games, where they will face Newport at 8:00 Friday night.

Thursday's game started as a defensive battle; both teams struggled to generate much offense in the opening quarter. The score was knotted at 0-0 for more than six minutes of play, when Bellevue's Lisa Courtney scored with 23 seconds remaining in the first period.

Anna Davenport scored two, and Bailey Sexton scored one in the second quarter, and the Hornets held a 3-1 lead at halftime. The two teams traded goals in the third period, with two each, until Hayley Sonneson scored at the end of the period on a Hornet power play, to give Enumclaw a 6-3 advantage going into the final frame.

Both teams battled to the end, drawing five exclusion fouls in the fourth quarter. Bellevue scored two, but Enumclaw added one more, and held on for the 7-5 win.

Senior captain Hayley Sonneson, and junior Anna Davenport scored three goals each for Enumclaw. Senior captain Bailey Sexton scored one. Bellevue's scoring was evenly distributed with Lisa Courtney, Maggie Ugelstad, Morgan Baker, Carly Tudor, and Alexis Taber each scoring a goal.

The Hornets face Newport Friday at 8:00. Bellevue will play Wilson at 5:00.