Inside Water #5: U-M Gets Postseason Preview at Elite Eight

March 1, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m.
-- vs. Bucknell (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center)
Saturday, March 6, TBD -- vs. No. 17 Brown or at No. 18 Indiana (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center) |
Sunday, March 7, TBD -- Tournament Rounds (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center)

The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (12-6, 0-0 CWPA West) gets a preview of the field for the 2010 CWPA Eastern Championship at the Elite Eight tournament this weekend (Sat-Sun., March 6-7) at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. The two-time defending conference champions will open with Bucknell on Saturday (March 6) at 10 a.m. The Wolverines will then advance to play either No. 17-ranked Brown or No. 18-ranked Indiana in the second round at a time to be determined. Sunday (March 7) will feature two more tournament games.

U-M at the Elite Eight -- The Wolverines have been a part of both previous Eastern Elite tournaments dating back to 2008. The tournament expanded from six to eight teams for the 2010 season and brings together all the teams from the previous year's CWPA Eastern Championship and two other at-large teams in the conference. Michigan has gone 7-1 through the first two tournaments and went on to win the CWPA Eastern championship following both competitions.

A Home, Away From Home -- Michigan has not lost in the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center since 2007 and it has been six seasons since the Wolverines lost to a neutral opponent in Bloomington. The Wolverines are 29-5 all-time when traveling the short distance to Indiana.

Hardware Store -- Junior Ryley Plunkett (Modesto, Calif./Johansen) was selected as CWPA Western Division Defensive Player of the Week (March 1). Plunkett collected one goal, five assists, 18 steals, two field blocks and one kickout drawn as the Wolverines went 3-3 on the weekend.

History Lesson -- At the 2009 Elite Six tournament, then-freshman Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) became the only U-M goalkeeper not named Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) to record more than 15 blocks in a contest when she turned aside 17 shots against Maryland on Feb. 28, 2009.

Quick Study -- Sophomore Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) became the fifth-fastest Wolverine to reach 50 goals in a career. Cobb scored her 50th against Siena (Feb.26) in her 47th career contest, nine games ahead of Erin Brown (2002-05), who did it in 56 games.

Going to be a TV Star -- Michigan's showdown with Indiana in the CWPA Western Division regular-season finale will be broadcast to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. The game, set for 1 p.m. on April 3 at Canham Natatorium, will be shown on same-day tape delay at 5 p.m. For channel listings in your area, visit

• Bucknell
U-M leads 10-0
   Last Meeting:
12-5, W (3/1/09 - Elite Six - Lewisburg, Pa.)
• Brown
U-M leads 9-3
   Last Meeting:
8-4, W (2/15/09 - Harvard Invitational - Cambridge, Mass.)
• Indiana
U-M leads 25-6-1
   Last Meeting:
9-8, W (4/19/09 - CWPA Western Division Championship - Bloomington, Ind.)

Top Returnees: Through 2/28/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 18 27 20 47
Kiki Golden 18 22 12 34
Leah Robertson 13 22 11 33

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 18 42
Leah Robertson 13 31
Cara Reitz 18 30

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Brittany May 9 3-3 33 8.19 .434
Morgan Turner 9 7-2 70 7.59 .560

Point Streaks
Keller Felt -- 13 games (10 goals, 16 assists)
Lauren Colton -- three games (two goals, one assist)
Ryley Plunkett -- three games (three assists)
Roxanne Mansfield -- three games (two goals, one assist)

Brittany May needs one win for 50 career victories.

Kiki Golden needs one steal to join the top five for rookie thefts. Former Wolverine Kristen Davis (43, 2006) currently sits fifth, one ahead of Golden.

Sarah Roberts needs to draw three more ejections to match Sheetal Narsai (80, 2002-05) for ninth on the career DKO list.

Alison Mantel needs five steals to tie Kelsey Haley (136, 2006-09) for seventh on the all-time list.

Leah Robertson sits 49 DKOs shy of Julie Nisbet's (204, 2001-04) program record.

Michigan slipped out of the top five and into the No. 8 ranking in the latest 2010 Women's Varsity Top 20 poll released March 3. Michigan continued to hold the top spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top 10 after sharing it in the preseason poll. (Complete Poll)

Michigan went 3-3 after playing a pair of games at Cal Lutheran (Feb. 26) and taking part in the UCI Invitational (Feb. 27-28). Junior Ryley Plunkett (Modesto, Calif./Johansen) led the way defensively, while juniors Keller Felt (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) and Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) paced the offense, combining for 27 points on the weekend.

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The national spotlight will return to Ann Arbor when the 2011 NCAA Championship comes to Canham Natatorium. The games will run May 13-15, 2011.With a seating capacity of 1,200 people, Canham Natatorium provided the stage for the 2005 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship. The Wolverines placed sixth while playing in their home pool at the 2005 event.

Friday, March 12 -- host CWPA League Games (Canham Natatorium)
Sat-Sun., March 13-14
-- host Wolverine Invitational (Canham Natatorium)
Sat-Sun, March 27-28 -- at Fluid Four (Bloomington, Ind.)

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