SBCC Women’s Water Polo

Vaqueros Triumph in Home Debut

SBCC’s Rocio Fesembeck lets go of a shot in Wednesday’s home debut for SBCC’s women’s water polo team. Fesembeck recorded a team-high six goals.

SBCC made its home debut at San Marcos High School on last Wednesday, marking the first time the Vaqueros have hosted a women’s water polo match in school history.

The newly formed team, led by head coach Chuckie Roth, didn’t disappoint its fans with a 12-10 victory over L.A. Valley. “A lot of people here today were supporting the team and I thought that made a difference,” Roth said.

San Marcos alum Autumn Lovett played a big role in the victory. The field player stepped in to defend the cage – a position she played in high school – and stopped six shots. “I have to say after swimming [season] and us only having one home meet, this was the probably the funnest thing ever to be able to show the community…just show them how much this program has to offer,” Lovett said.

Santa Barbara High alum Rocio Fesembeck led all players with six goals — just one shy of her career high — and complemented her scoring with two steals and an assist. She found the net for City College’s first five goals of the contest and currently leads the conference in scoring.

Double- and triple-teamed for most of the second half, Fesembeck was virtually eliminated as a scoring threat. But Kaitlyn Wentz Fitzgerald picked up where Fesembeck left off, scoring four goals in the final 16 minutes and providing the much-need 1-2 punch for SBCC’s comeback effort. She added three assists.

The squad’s next home game at SMHS is Wednesday, October 15, 5 p.m., against defending WSC champion L.A. Pierce.

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