By Wes McCurtis
CYPRESS, CA – The Cypress College women's water polo team (15-11, 2-4 OEC) finished 5th in the Orange Empire Conference Championship Tournament and secured a berth in the 2017 CCCAA Southern California Regional. It is the Chargers' first postseason appearance in women's water polo since 2002.
Cypress began the OEC Championship Tournament with a 14-15 overtime loss to district rival Fullerton College on Friday. The Chargers took a one-goal lead late in the fourth quarter, but the Hornets answered with a last second goal to force OT. The game remained tied after each team added a goal to their total in the two three-minute overtime periods, forcing a sudden death overtime where Fullerton emerged victorious.
The Chargers bounced back with an 11-8 victory in the 5th place game against Saddleback College on Saturday. Cypress held a 3-2 lead at halftime before erupting for six goals in the third quarter to extend their lead, 9-6. Both teams traded goals in the fourth as Cypress went on to win, 11-8.
Women's water polo will face Mt. SAC in the first round of the 2017 CCCAA SoCal Regional hosted by LA Valley College on Thursday, November 9 at 2:00 pm. The Chargers lost both regular season matchups against the Mounties this year (9/23 L, 4-7 – 10/6 L, 7-8).
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