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Golden West Roundup: Rustlers take state title

Golden West women's water polo team edges Riverside to repeat as state champion.

November 27, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Kim Blair )

The Golden West College women's water polo team added another award to the school's trophy case Saturday by edging host Riverside City College, 12-11, in the California Community College Women's Water Polo State Championships title game at Riverside Aquatic Complex.

Orange Empire Conference and Southern California regional champion Golden West repeated as state champion and put the final touch on a perfect season. The Rustlers finished 29-0, and defeated Riverside in all five meetings this year between the teams.

The Rustlers, who went 28-0 last year, ran their win streak to 57 matches.

"This team wanted to do something special, and it did," said Golden West Coach Kyle Kopp, who guided the program to its third title in four years.

Kopp, who took over as head coach in 2008, won his first title in 2009.

"What separated them, was their desire and ability to work hard and go through quality training on a daily basis," Kopp said. "They really came out with a desire to pursue something at a high level in water polo. They did this day in, and day out, week after week. It paid off for them Saturday."

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Sophomore attacker Lauren Vosseler (Pacifica High) was named MVP of the State tournament. Teammates Gabi Mantellato, a sophomore center from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Melissa Bergesen, a sophomore attacker from West Jordan, Utah, were named to the State all-tournament team.

Vosseler and Mantellato both scored four goals in the title game. Freshman center Brigitta Games (Littleton, Colo.) scored twice, and Bergesen scored the first Golden West goal in the final.

The Rustlers advanced to Saturday's title game by defeating Sierra College (Northern California No. 2), 12-5, in the semifinals Friday.

Riverside made it to Saturday's final by knocking off Northern California champion American River, 10-2, in Friday's other semifinal.

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