Water Polo Splits Pair at Chelsea Invite





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Jordyn Fannin makes a pass over a Troy defender at the Chelsea Invite. Picture by Mike Williamson

The girls’ water polo squad hosted its own Chelsea Invitational Saturday and came away with a split of a pair of games.

Chelsea was shorthanded for the day as nearly half the team had left for Spring Break.

The Bulldogs came up just short in a late rally and dropped the opener 10-9 to Birmingham Groves.



Chelsea fell behind 9-5 after three periods, and outscored Groves 4-1 in the fourth, but could not get the equalizer.

Jordyn Fannin and Rheana Grudinski scored three goals each, while Kennedy Parker had two, and Morgan DeYoe added one. Fayth Frazier made seven saves in net and had three assists on goals.

The Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season in the second game when they held on to defeat Troy Unified 7-6.

Kennedy Parker tries to keep off a Troy defender in the Bulldogs 7-6 win. Picture by Mike Williamson

Frazier finished with 13 saves and picked up two assists.

Troy took a 1-0 lead after one period, but the Grudinski, Parker, and DeYoe scored second-period goals for a 3-2 halftime lead    Fannin scored a pair of third-period goals to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead heading into the final period.

Grudinski scored a pair of goals for a 7-5 lead in the fourth. Troy cut the lead to 7-6, and had one final shot, but Frazier made a save with two seconds left to help the Bulldogs seal the win.

Frazier finished with 13 saves and picked up two assists.

The Bulldogs dropped a pair of games earlier in the week.

They opened with a 13-3 loss to a strong Mason squad.

Melissa Jolly scored all three goals for Chelsea and Grudinski added one assist, while Frazier made six saves in net.

Chelsea then fell to Birmingham Seaholm 14-6.

Chelsea fell behind 6-0 in the first but showed a big improvement and played nearly even the rest of the way with Seaholm.

Jolly led the squad with two goals and two assists. Fannin added two goals and had four steals.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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