East Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grandville Women’s Water Polo team fell 13-4 to the Hudsonville Eagles in the District One Championship Game on Saturday (May 12) at East Grand Rapids High School.
Sophomore Chloe Graverson scored twice, while senior captain Julia Veenkamp and junior Lindsey Gregorski also netted a goal apiece.
BULLDOGS SET FOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Bulldogs clinched a #2 seed at the West Regional Championships set to play at East Ketnwood High School on May 18-19. The Bulldogs will play the #3 seed from District Two, the hosting East Kentwood Falcons.
Grandville had not previously played for the District Championship in 19 seasons, and made their trip under first year Head Coach Mitch Fountain.
“We have higher goals, but certainly to come here this weekend and take care of putting ourselves in a higher seed to play a game to qualify for State Championships is something I’m proud of,” Fountain said. “We still face a great challenge in a tough East Kentwood squad. They have the benefit of playing in their own pool. We’ll have to come with everything we have.”
Grandville won their only two regular season meetings with the Falcons in an OK Conference Game on March 22, followed less than 24 hours later by a win at the Grand Haven Shootout at the Shore on March 23.
“Prior results are no indicator in the postseason,” Fountain said. “Every team left has an opportunity to qualify for States with a victory. This is an elimination game, and no one is ready for this to be over.”
With the regional format, all of the eight of the regional quarterfinal winners (four each from the East and West Regions) will automatically qualify for State Championships, hosted at Saline High School on June 1-2. All games following serve to seed the remaining teams 1-4 in their region.
“After stepping back and looking at this District Championship game, regardless of result, this is the first Championship game of any sort our team has participated in in a long time,” Fountain said. “Certainly before anyone on this current team played here. These will serve as experience for a team that hasn’t yet been there. Now we rest, learn, and get ready to work on Monday.”
Game time is still to be announced for the West Regional Quarterfinals at East Kentwood High School. Stay tuned to social media for more information here at
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