Defending CIF Champion Murrieta Valley varsity girls water polo is now 3-0 and atop Southwestern League standings with a convincing win Thursday over Vista Murrieta.
The Nighthawks took an early 6-2 lead in the first period and never looked back. At the end of the half, Murrieta Valley was up 11-3. The Broncos fought hard in the final period to score five goals but it was not enough as the Nighthawks went on to win 16-10.
For the Nighthawks, Paige Virgil led the scoring effort with six goals. Kayla Fedler and Delaney Lynton had four goals apiece while Maddie Sanchez put three into the net. Lynton had four steals in the contest.
Also on Thursday, Murrieta Mesa took on and beat the Golden Bears from Temecula Valley 9-7. The Rams pulled off the close victory with five goals from Lauren Stolworthy and one each from Mikayla Bonafede, Breanna Mata, Mackenzie Rudolph and Brittany Walker. Dannikah Healey had 11 blocks in goal.