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Matt Anderson is in his 12th year as head coach for the 13th-ranked Wolverines, who feature 19 underclassmen and several key scoring returnees.
Junior (2015)... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Appeared in all 32 games ... Posted 22 goals, 20 assists and seven steals ... Scored on a five-meter penalty in CWPA Championship opener vs. Bucknell (April 24) ... Tallied a goal and three assists vs. George Washington (April 11) ... Scored three first-quarter goals and added two assists at Notre Dame (March 25) ... Scored two goals, including a five-meter penalty, and added four assists and two drawn kickouts vs. Brown (March 20) ... Tallied two goals and two assists vs. #16 UC Davis (Feb. 8) ... Posted two goals and two assists vs. CSU Bakersfield (Jan. 26) ... Scored a season-best four goals vs. #4 California (Jan. 24) ... Scored twice in the first quarter in season opener at #14 UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 23).
Sophomore (2014)... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Selected to CWPA Western Division second team ... Appeared in all 34 games ... Established career highs with 47 goals and 43 assists ... Shared the team lead in goals ... Led the Wolverines in assists for the second straight season ... Posted four hat tricks ... Scored a career-best five goals at Sonoma State (April 6) ... Tallied four goals vs. Siena (March 16) ... Netted an overtime tally in U-M's 7-6 comeback win vs. Pacific (March 15) ... Scored multiple goals in eight consecutive games from Feb. 28-March 9, including back-to-back hat trick efforts vs. Marist (March 8) and #16 San Diego State (March 9) ... Scored a hat trick vs. #20 Hartwick (Feb. 16) ... Registered a career-best three steals vs. #13 UC San Diego and #20 Wagner (Feb. 15) ... Scored two goals and a career-best four assists at Santa Clara (Jan. 31) ... Also posted four assists vs. #15 UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 28) and #4 California (Feb. 2) ... Recorded two goals, two assists and two steals in the season opener vs. Iona (Jan. 18).
Freshman (2013)... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Appeared in all 34 games in her first collegiate season ... Led team in assists (35), ranked second in points (73) and shared second spot in goals (38) ... Scored in all three CWPA Eastern Championship games (April 26-28), including a hat trick in the championship final vs. #12 Princeton ... Posted four hat tricks on the season ... Netted a career-best four goals with two assists and two steals vs. CSU Bakersfield (April 6) ... Also recorded hat tricks vs. Cal Baptist (March 23) and Cal State East Bay (Feb. 10) ... Boasted a 13-game scoring streak from March 15-April 7 ... Earned three assists apiece in back-to-back games vs. #10 Long Beach State and Santa Clara (Feb. 9) ... Scored twice against #7 San Diego State (Jan. 20) for first collegiate goals, netting the game-tying goal on a penalty shot w four seconds left in regulation ... Tallied one assist and three steals in collegiate debut vs. Colorado State (Jan. 19).
Prep... Graduated from Newport Harbor High School (2012) ... USA Water Polo Academic All-American (2009-12) ... Newport Harbor Principal's Honor Roll ... Newport Harbor Academic Excellence Award (2009-12) ... Awarded as "Top 15" Athlete at Newport Harbor HS ... Daily Pilot Dream Team member (2012) ... Selected to Second Team All-CIF Southern Section (2012) ... First Team All-Sunset League (2012) ... Boasted 46 goals, 25 assists and 36 steals as a senior ... Served as team captain (2012) ... Also earned four varsity letters in swimming.
Personal... Presley Nicole Pender was born September 25, 1993 ... Daughter of Ann and Dennis Pender ... Enrolled in the School of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in communication studies.