ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's water polo head coach Matt Anderson announced the signing of two-meter set Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville), goalkeeper Tara Brigham (Bayton, Texas/Sterling) and driver Claire Ivry (Miramonte, Calif./Miramonte) to National Letters of Intent for the 2009 season.
"This year was strictly based on needs. We were not looking for very many players but for skill-specific players, and I think we addressed that," Anderson said. "Our biggest areas of goalie and two-meters we addressed with this class. We addressed our biggest need of goaltending. Then, we developed an opportunity to get a good, solid, strong two-meter player and add depth to our right-handed drivers.
"It is small and that is fine because we are only losing one talented player in Michelle Keeley, our lone senior. That is part of the reason as to why this class is extremely small and focused on what we wanted," he continued.
Cobb is coming off an impressive senior campaign that culminated in a Michigan state championship for Hudsonville High School. She earned most valuable player accolades in both the regular season and the state tournament en route to the title. An alternate on the 2007 Midwest Zone Youth Girls Team, Cobb was named to the All-OK Rainbow Conference team.
"Meagan has really progressed rapidly at a small program in high school and has led it to good success along with her other teammates," Anderson said. "I believe that she is truly going to turn into an extremely solid college player at the two-meter level."
Brigham comes to Michigan from Bayton, Texas, where she recently completed a state championship run of her own. The 6-1 goalie was a member of the 2007 Southwest Zone Women's Youth Team and played for the Houston Water Polo Club. Bayton converted from the field to the cage just two seasons ago and has adapted to the position at a breakneck speed.
"Tara's development level is huge, and in the short time that she has played a limited number of games in Texas, she has done extremely well," Anderson said. "She has the chance to really blossom when water polo becomes her focus on a larger basis. I am very happy to get a goalie that, I feel, is a little bit under the radar because of her lack of experience but will very soon be very prominent on the radar."
Ivry comes from Miramonte High School, where she spent one season under current U-M assistant coach Katie Card. A member of the 2007 Pacific Zone Youth Team, Ivry was named a 2006-07 Northern California Section All-American.
"Claire is a competitive righthanded driver that brings a lot of skill and dedication to the game," Anderson said. "We are happy to have her on board to provide depth at the righthanded driver position."
Michigan will lose one senior following the 2008 campaign in quad-captain Michelle Keeley (Rockford, Mich./Rockford). The Wolverines open the season at home, hosting the Michigan Kick-Off Tournament the final weekend in January.
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