ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan water polo team released its 2014-15 schedule today (Tuesday, Aug. 5), featuring a challenging slate of five regular-season tournaments and several games against CWPA opposition, including a home contest against rival Indiana.
"I think this is a great schedule for a variety of reasons," said head coach Dr. Marcelo Leonardi. "It immediately improves our strength of schedule with quality opponents in quality tournaments on the West Coast, East Coast and Midwest. In doing so, this schedule will serve as a benchmark to assess, evaluate and further develop our program to reach both our short-term and long-term goals. Finally, it will allow Michigan water polo to be more visible to fans throughout the country."
Michigan will open competition with a fall tournament, traveling to Irvine, Calif., for the U.S. Collegiate Cup on Nov. 8-9. The event will feature the top 14 teams from 2014 as well as the U.S. national team.
The Wolverines will return to southern California for the bulk of their early regular-season schedule, including a repeat visit to Irvine, Calif., for the prestigious Anteater Invitational -- largely considered among the top tournaments in the country -- on Feb. 21-22. Michigan will also appear at the UCSB Winter Classic (Jan. 23-25), Triton Invitational (Feb. 7-8) and LMU Invitational (March 21-22).
Individual tournament brackets will be released as they are finalized.
The Wolverines will close out the regular season with a series of CWPA Western and Southern Division contests. Michigan will host its lone home game of the season against rival Indiana on Saturday, April 4, at Canham Natatorium. U-M will also face the Hoosiers -- as well as division foe Hartwick -- at Indiana's annual Fluid Four tournament on March 7-8 in Bloomington, Ind.
The CWPA Championship is slated for April 24-25, while the NCAA Championship will be held May 8-10 at the Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif.
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