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Blue Devil girls get No. 50

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November 6, 2010 |

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MODESTO — When the Davis High girls got their Sac-Joaquin Section water polo title defense off to a great start on Saturday by crushing Beyer, 18-0, they also picked up the 50th playoff victory in program history.

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That would be a great win total in any sport, but when you consider that the section has only sponsored a girls water polo championship since 1996, the number becomes jaw-dropping. Including Saturday\’s contest, DHS has played in the maximum possible amount of playoff games — 57 — and sports an astounding winning percentage of .877.

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Against Beyer, the Devils held nothing back as they began their quest to reach the title game for the 11th consecutive season.

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Eleven different players scored for Davis, which jumped out to an 8-0 first-period advantage at Johansen High and then kept the pressure on.

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“There wasn\’t anything sloppy,” said Blue Devil coach Doug Wright, whose team finished the regular season at 27-1. “It was one of those games where we just came out and dominated from the start. We were passing well, playing good defense and we scored three or four goals in about the first minute and a half.”

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Topped by Keelia Houston\’s four steals, the DHS defense took the ball away from the Patriots 26 times, and were not ejected once. The Devils also found the net on 19 of their 39 shots.

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Rachel Brooks and Rachel Johnson led the way with three goals each, while Houston, Zoe Malot and frosh/soph call-up Heather Johnson — Rachel\’s younger sister — had two apiece. Single goals came from Kaitlyn Dawson, Michelle Greenough, Hailey Wright, Else Fullerton and frosh/soph call-ups Lauren Owens and Katie Van Deynze.

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“Everybody got to play and the girls we brought up from the frosh/soph team got some great minutes,” Doug Wright said.

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Davis goalie Taylor Leuschen made two blocks in the first half before giving way to Haley Cameron, who added six blocks after intermission.

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The next hurdle for the Blue Devils to clear is a Tuesday game against Tokay at 2 p.m. Because the Tigers are hosting that round of games, the matchup will be a home game for Tokay.

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“They had a tight game with Turlock

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(Saturday) and if we play as well as we can I think we will do well,” Wright said of the Tigers. “But they are going to be at their home pool and they will be much more of a challenge than Beyer. This will be a good test for us.”

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