Inside Water #7: Wolverines Look To Dunk Opposition at Fluid Five

March 24, 2010


Saturday, March 27, 11:30 a.m.
-- vs. Cal State East Bay (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center)
Saturday, March 27, 6:45 p.m.
-- vs. Wagner (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center)
Sunday, March 28, 11:30 a.m. -- vs. Gannon (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center)

The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (20-6, 2-0 CWPA West) will stay in the region to face three teams in the Fluid Five on Saturday and Sunday (March 27-28) in Bloomington, Ind. The Wolverines will take to the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center pool on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. against Cal State East Bay for the two programs' first-ever meeting. After facing Wagner at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Michigan will take on a familiar foe in Gannon on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be the second in three weeks for the pair after U-M downed the Golden Knights, 16-3, on March 12.

Michigan at the Fluid Five/Fluid Four Challenge -- The Maize and Blue has gone 8-2 at the Fluid Five/Fluid Four Challenge in four appearances at the event. Michigan went 3-0 in last season's event, downing Maryland and then-No. 18-ranked Indiana and Sonoma State.

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 32-5 all-time when traveling the short distance to Indiana.

Hardware Store -- Freshman Kate Hayes (Spring, Texas/Capistrano Valley) and junior Keller Felt (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) were named CWPA Western Division Rookie and co-Player of the Week, respectively, for March 15. The award was the first weekly laurel of Hayes' career and Felt's second.

Is That Cashmere? No, Its Felt -- Keller Felt has been red hot for the Wolverines, scoring 12 goals with seven assists and eight steals over the last 10 games. She was named CWPA Western Division Player of the Week on March 15 for her play at the Wolverine Invitational (March 12-13). With a point in all but four games this season, Felt has set career highs with 22 goals, 22 assists, 44 points and 19 drawn kickouts. She needs just five steals to surpass her career best in that category, too.

May Collects 50 Wins -- Fifth-year senior Brittany May (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) became the second goalie in program history to record 50 wins with her victory over Gannon (March 12). She joined Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) as the only two Wolverines in the 50-win club. May owns a 50-20 record over three seasons for the Wolverines. May ranks second on the U-M career saves list with 458 and is fourth all-time with a 7.25 goals-against average.

First Time, Short Time -- Six Wolverine rookies tallied their first career goals during Michigan's two CWPA League Games on March 12. Freshmen Hannah Clyde (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), Ryanne O'Donnell (Northbrook, Ill./New Trier), Kate Hayes (Spring, Texas/Capistrano Valley) and Erica Wheeler (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar) each scored their first career markers against Gannon, while freshmen Katie Hazelrigg (Rolling Hills, Calif./Chadwick) and Natalie Naruns (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis) tallied their first collegiate goals against Mercyhurst.

Leading the Conference -- Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) has collected 72 points this season to lead the CWPA. Mantel also has a league-best 33 assists is the most in the CWPA Western Division and trails Princeton's Helen Meigs by one for the league lead. Freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) leads the CWPA with 52 steals this season and is second only to San Diego State's Amber Pezzolla for the national lead.

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 9 p.m. For channel listings in your area, visit

• Cal State East Bay
First Meeting
• Gannon
U-M leads 13-0
   Last Meeting:
16-3, W (3/12/10 - CWPA League Games - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
• Wagner
U-M leads 6-0
   Last Meeting:
12-5, W (2/21/09 - Princeton Invitational - Princeton, N.J.)

Top Returnees: Through 3/13/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 26 39 33 72
Lauren Orth 26 25 26 51
Keller Felt 26 22 22 44

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 26 52
Cara Reitz 26 42
Ryley Plunkett 26 32

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 15 6-1 68 6.70 .523
Brittany May 12 4-3 49 7.38 .505
Morgan Turner 10 8-2 72 7.35 .558


Point Streaks

Lauren Orth -- eight games (11 goals, nine assists)
Cara Reitz -- six games (seven goals, three assists)
Alison Mantel -- four games (four goals, six assists)
Mia Butera -- three games (four goals)


Goals Streaks
Cara Reitz -- five games (seven goals)
Mia Butera -- three games (four goals)

Michigan retained its No. 8 ranking in the latest Women's Varsity Top 20 poll released March 24. 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 collected to wins over conference opponents Gannon and Mercyhurst and a sweep through the Wolverine Invitational field on March 12-13 at Canham Natatorium.

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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.

Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m. -- vs. Indiana (Canham Natatorium) - Big Ten Network (Tape Delay: 9 p.m.)
Sat-Sun., April 17-18
-- Terrapin Tournament (College Park, Md..)
Saturday, April 24 -- host CWPA Western Division Championship (Canham Natatorium)

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