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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — The Division III No. 5-ranked Augustana College women’s water polo team kicked off a Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA)-West Region weekend at home by defeating Wittenberg University, 13-3.

Augustana jumped out to a big first quarter, seeing six goals on their way to a five-goal advantage after eight minutes of action. Casey Barragan accounted for five of the team’s six scores, while Ocean Akau added the other on a penalty shot. The two teams played to a low-scoring second quarter, with Olivia Parry notching the lone goal of the frane to make it a 7-1 lead heading into halftime.

Another defensive battle ensued in the third quarter, with each team adding a goal to keep the six-point margin for Augie intact. Barragan notched her sixth goal of the game halfway through the third quarter before the Tigers earned it back to bring the score to 8-2 with eight minutes to go.

The fourth quarter saw five goals for Augustana as they broke away for good from the Tigers. Four different players tallied a score in the final eight minutes, with Charlotte Newport leading the way with two. Barragan, Annie Opal Dickson and Victoria Guest were responsible for the other three as the Vikings posted a four-goal advantage to end the game up double digits.

Barragan led the offensive efforts with seven goals on 10 shots, while Lizzie Pelzman anchored the defense with 14 saves and three steals.

With the win, Augie improves to 7-4 on the season and 1-0 in the CWPA.

Release courtesy Augustana College Athletics Communications

Collegiate Water Polo Association