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Gurgiolo and Edman Lead Hancock Water Polo to Win over LA Valley in Conference Tournament

Gurgiolo and Edman Lead Hancock Water Polo to Win over LA Valley in Conference Tournament

Sophomore Nikki Gurgiolo scored a season-high four goals, and goalie Kinsley Edman recorded a season-best eight saves to lead the Allan Hancock College women's water polo team to an 11-8 upset win over L.A. Valley to open the Western State Conference Tournament at Cuesta College on Thursday. Hancock, the No. 6 seed, avenged an earlier 10-9 loss to the third-seeded Monarchs.

Gurgiolo, a Righetti High School graduate, paced the Hancock scoring attack. Freshman Meagan Coyne scored three times for the Bulldogs.

Hancock improved to 13-14 overall. The Bulldogs advanced into the semifinals of the double-elimination tournament. Hancock will face either No. 2 Ventura or No. 7 L.A. Pierce at 4:45 p.m.

The winner of the semifinals will play in the championship game on Saturday, November 5, at 1:30 p.m. at Cuesta. The losers in the semis will face off in the third place game at 11 a.m. on Saturday.