The Okemos girls’ water polo team will play Rockford for a second straight year in the state finals at 7 p.m. today at East Lansing High School.
Although they are the defending state champions, the No. 2-ranked Chiefs (28-6) have lost twice this season against Rockford (35-4).
With a win, the Chiefs would earn their third straight state championship, something only Ann Arbor Huron has accomplished when they won the first seven in girls water polo from 1993-99.
Okemos earned their spot in the state finals with a 9-4 win over Ann Arbor Skyline (24-4) on Saturday morning. The Chiefs were ahead 9-1 with 4:10 to play before Skyline scored the game’s final three goals.
Sophomore Katie Dudley led Okemos scoring the teams first six goals and also earning an assist. Emily Laub contributed two goals and an assist and Emily Wozena scored as well.
GIRLS WATER POLO: STATE QUARTERFINALS, SEMIFINALS, FINALS
(at East Lansing)
Friday’s quarterfinal results
Okemos 11, East Kentwood 4
Ann Arbor Skyline 10, Zeeland 4
Rockford 11, Ann Arbor Huron 6
Dexter 9, Hudsonville 5
Saturday’s consolation games
Zeeland 5, East Kentwood 4
Hudsonville 8, Ann Arbor Huron 6
Okemos 9, Ann Arbor Skyline 4
Rockford 9, Dexter 6
Saturday’s seventh-place game
Ann Arbor Huron 9, East Kentwood 8
Saturday’s fifth-place game
Zeeland 6, Hudsonville 5
Saturday’s third-place game
Ann Arbor Skyline 6, Dexter 2
Saturday’s state championship game
Okemos vs. Rockford, 7 p.m.