MEN’S WATER POLO SPORT SHORTS
Week of September 10-16
Another busy week of water polo began Wednesday with the AVES first home dual meet match-
up with Milford. The AVES varsity sustained a tough fall to the Eagles 20-14. Mike Yellig led
the scoring with an amazing 10 goals, followed by Ben Keefe with 2 points and Chris Culin and
Jon Hancher earning 1 each. Holding the Eagles score down were goalies Ian Campbell
blocking 6 attempts and Matt Mendelsohn with 4. Chris Culin helped ease the AVES pain with 7
of the team’s 15 steals.
JV fared better, beating the Eagles 9-7. Sam Cleary scored 3 goals, Chris Lo 2, and 1 each for
John Hancher, Kam Keeling, Scott Weber, Scott Wright. Goalie Alan Kissinger fought off 5
goals and the AVES had a team total of 15 steals.
The AVES traveled again this weekend, heading up to Columbus’s Thomas Worthington High
School for the annual Ohio Cup Tournament. Saturday’s match-up against Thomas
Worthington ended in a 12-9 loss against a strong opponent. Five goals from Yellig, 3 from
Culin and 1 from Keefe. Thirteen steals and 7 blocked goals rounded off a great team effort.
The second Saturday game ended in an 11-9 victory for the AVES against Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Keefe earned 6 goals, Yellig scored 3, and Culin had 2. Steals from every player (15 total) and 6
goals blocked by Campbell and Mendelsohn helped give the AVES their win.
The spectators were on their feet for Sunday’s excitement! The AVES scorched rival Princeton
in overtime 11-9. Solid teamwork was the key with scoring by Yellig(5), Hancher(3), Keefe(1)
and Keeling(1). Goalies Mendelsohn and Campbell had 4 blocked goals each. The AVES had
an awesome 21 team steals by: Yellig(5), Culin(4), Keefe(4), Biddle(3), Mendelsohn(3), and
Hancher (2). The final game was a nail-biter, ending in a tough loss for the AVES 12-11 against
St. Charles. On the board were Yellig(4), Biddle(2), Culin(2), Hancher(2) and Keefe(1). Steals
by Culin(4), Keefe(4), Yellig(3), Cleary(1), Keeling(1) and Mendelsohn(1) helped clinched the
win along with blocked shots by goalies Mendelsohn(6) and Campbell(3).
The AVES walked away from the Ohio Cup in a respectable 6th place of 15 teams from Ohio and
Michigan. Great Effort AVES!
The excitement continues Tuesday night at home when the AVES meet Princeton. JV game
played at 5, Varsity at 7. Don’t forget to join us for Senior Night on Tuesday, September 25!
GO AVES H2O POLO!