Davis High, which reached the Sac-Joaquin Section girls water polo semifinals a year ago, showed Tuesday that it might be ready for another playoff run.
Meghan Devlin scored six goals and goalie Arielle Phillips was a force as the Spartans pulled away from a 2-2 halftime tie to beat Ceres 10-7 in a Modesto Metro Conference opener.
"Phillips was all over the pool, stealing the ball before Ceres could develop scoring opportunities," said Davis coach Toni Litke. "She was phenomenal."
OAKDALE 16, BEYER 8, at Beyer -- Amanda Myers had three goals in the third quarter, and struck for two more to open the final period, as the Mustangs (1-0 MMC) topped the Patriots (0-1).
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JOHANSEN 17, MODESTO 5, at Modesto -- Andie Plunkett had four goals and the Vikings (2-0, 1-0 MMC) controlled the pool on their way past the Panthers (0-1).
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CERES 23, DAVIS 17, at Modesto -- Tyler Bolton had 10 goals, but the Bulldogs (1-0 MMC) used their depth to beat Bolton's Spartans (0-1). Ryan Calou (six) and Chris Rossi (five) combined for 11 goals, as Ceres pulled away from a 14-11 halftime lead.
JOHANSEN 10, MODESTO 5, at Modesto -- Brad Fuller and Sean Towers scored four goals apiece as the Vikings (6-1, 1-0 MMC) opened conference play by beating the Panthers (4-1, 0-1).
OAKDALE 7, BEYER 5, at Beyer -- Peter Siemsen scored three goals, helping the Mustangs (1-0 MMC) to a 6-2 halftime lead on their way past the Patriots (0-1).
MODESTO 7, ENOCHS 0, at Enochs -- Though the overall outcome was never in doubt and the Panthers (2-0 MMC) swept six of the seven matches in two sets, No. 1 doubles provided some tension. Modesto's Preeti Bangalore and Jessica Yang had their ups and downs before pulling out a 6-2. 2-6, 6-4 win over Lisanda Matote-Crudo and Jessica Salomon. "The final game in the third set went to three deuces before Modesto closed it out," Enochs coach Niles Carlin said.
DOWNEY 4, DAVIS 3, at Downey -- The Knights (1-1 MMC) swept the three doubles matches, including a nail-biting 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 win by the No. 2 doubles team of Grezia Chavez and Jordan Nicholson.
BEYER 5, JOHANSEN 2, at Johansen -- No. 1 singles Kayleen Court of Johansen rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the third set for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Sarah Whiteside, but the Patriots (1-1) still prevailed.
MODESTO CHR. 4, RIPON CHR. 3, at Ripon -- Trevor Grimbley and Jesse Briganti scored two goals apiece as the Crusaders (6-0-1, 1-0 TVL) won a back-and-forth league opener from the Knights (5-7, 0-1).
RIVERBANK 8, HUGHSON 0, at Riverbank -- Ricardo Vigil, Daniel Garcia and Ramiro Calderon had two goals each as the Bruins (1-0 TVL) routed the Huskies. The Bruins' defense was so dominant that goalies Juan Luna and Hugo Calderon had to make only two saves.
BEYER 274, DAVIS 318, at Dryden -- Katie Canadas turned in a 7-over 43 and the Patriots (4-1 MMC) stayed in second place by beating the Spartans (2-3).
JOHANSEN d. ENOCHS, at Muni -- Though the match was a forfeit, that didn't affect Allyssa Pena's game, as she fired a 2-over 38 in the Vikings' victory (5-0 MMC) over the Eagles (1-4).
HUGHSON 146, HILMAR 186, at River Oaks -- Cassie Anderson opened with a double-bogey on No. 1, but bounced back to shoot eight consecutive pars for a 2-over 29 that extended the Huskies' (4-0 VFL) winning streak.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 194, MODESTO CHR. 240, at Dryden -- Junior Brittany Storer shot a 10-over 47, her low score for the season, as the Raiders beat the Crusaders.