Grand Haven, Mich. – The Michigan Water Polo Association’s (MWPA) second ranked Grandville Bulldogs picked up a 15-4 district victory over the Grand Haven Buccaneers on Tuesday (April 10) at Grand Haven High School.
Six different Bulldogs scored in the contest, but none more than the five goals that sophomore Chloe Graverson picked up. Graverson also had four steals, a 3-0 record in sprints, and two assists in the contest to lead the Bulldogs.
Senior captain Julia Veenkamp scored four times, while sophomore Lucy Baker and junior Sammy DeYoung each picked up a pair of goals. Senior captain Alyssa Potyraj scored once, while fellow senior Emily Anglim added a goal.
“It was good to see us put up a big number offensively,” Head Coach Mitch Fountain said. “We hadn’t really done that much, and the little we worked on in just one practice after break looked very promising. District wins are big and I was happy with this performance right out of spring break.”
Grandville racked up 26 steals in the game to just two by Grand Haven. DeYoung had a game-high seven steals, while Julia Veenkamp had five. Eight Bulldogs had more than one steal in the contest, and the same number of Bulldogs registered at least one assist.
In net, senior captain and goaltender Rachel Veenkamp navigated her way to a solid 12 save-three assist-two steals line to pick up her 11th victory of the season.
“[Rachel] made a lot of good decisions of her own accord tonight,” Assistant Coach Harrison Watt said. “We gave her a lot more rope and at one point I literally yelled ‘You do you!’ into the pool as she made a steal. Her decision making tonight was on point, and a key element in our win.”
The Bulldogs outshot the Buccaneers 30-16 in the contest, as they 15-goal mark established a new season-best for Grandville.
The Bulldogs move to 1-0 in District play, move to 3-1 in OK Conference play, and are 11-1 overall.
The win was the seventh consecutive for Grandville as they set to take on the MWPA’s ninth ranked East Grand Rapids Pioneers in OK Conference play on Thursday at Grandville High School. First sprint for varsity is scheduled for 7 pm EST.