New London, Connecticut – The Wittenberg University Women's Water Polo team closed out its inaugural varsity season on Sunday morning with an 11-9 setback against Grove City College (PA) in the fifth-place game of the 2019 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championships inside the Jane Cadwell Lott '36 Natatorium on the campus of Connecticut College.
With the inaugural varsity campaign now in the books, the Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 8-13, which included a mark of 4-7 in conference play.
In Sunday morning's fifth-place game, each side found the back of the net twice in the first quarter, but the Wolverines took a 5-4 advantage into halftime after outscoring the Tigers, 3-2, in the second frame. After Grove City extended the lead to four at 9-5 after the third quarter, Wittenberg did claw back with four goals in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough as the Wolverines held on for the two-goal victory.
In the back-and-forth affair, freshman netminder Anya Bennett stood out for the Tigers as she finished the game with 14 total saves. Offensively, junior Savanah Phillips led the way with five goals, with freshman Emma Menjivar adding two and the freshman duo of Tatum Bruno and Calista Spring each netting one goal in the game.