Women’s water polo wipes out Whittier

The Eagles soar past the Poets 15-5.


Courtesy of Biola Athletics

Junior attacker Kourtney Pyle looks to pass the ball.

Caleb Crawley, Sports Editor

Biola’s women’s water polo team exploded for 15 goals in their first win of the season on Saturday morning. The Eagles’ victory came against a winless Whittier team at the Long Beach State Mini Tournament. 


A total of six Eagles recorded multiple goals in the match against Whittier. Veteran junior utility player Maria Roldan Gonzales led the team offensively with three goals. Meanwhile, Rachel Spadt, Verlie Naranjo, Lizzy Birch, Mattie Herzog and Kourtney Pyle contributed two goals apiece. 

Defensively, sophomore goalie Damaris Kientz added four saves and a win to her résumé while sophomore goalies Samantha Rainey and Alicia Fregoso assisted Kientz in the match, with each player contributing minutes between the goal. 


Biola wasted no time in the first quarter, scoring before the first minute of the match progressed. Spadt swiftly took advantage of an early scoring opportunity at the 7:08 mark, giving Biola a 1-0 lead. Marija Mijuskovic, Pyle and Roldan Gonzales followed suit by contributing first quarter goals as well. Biola capitalized on the early momentum by erupting for six goals in the third quarter. The Poets were unable to respond to the Eagles’ offensive firepower, losing 15-5 in the first ever matchup between the two programs. 

Biola’s women’s water polo team continues their season at the Cal Baptist Mini Tournament, beginning Jan. 27.

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