Courtesy: Indiana Athletics
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University water polo team will open the 2021 season this weekend, as they host the Hoosier Invite at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.
2021 Hoosier Invite Schedule
Saturday, February 6
12 PM – Indiana vs. Salem
2 PM – Saint Francis vs. Salem
4 PM – Indiana vs. Saint Francis
Sunday, February 7
10 AM – Salem vs. Saint Francis
12 PM – Indiana vs. Saint Francis
2 PM – Indiana vs. Salem
All four of Indiana’s games over the weekend will be streamed live on Big Ten Network+. Live stats for all six matches can be found at IUHoosiers.com.
Consistent with IU Athletics’ ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of students, coaches, staff, spectators and the local community, water polo games at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center – will be played without fans indefinitely. IU Athletics’ decision is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is consistent with what has transpired on all Big Ten campuses.
Hoosiers Finish 2020 Season Ranked No. 15
Indiana finished the shortened, 2020 season ranked No. 15 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll. The Hoosiers finished the season with an overall record of 13-5. During the campaign, IU tallied victories over No. 11 Pacific, No. 24 Marist, No. 9 UC Davis and No. 25 California Baptist.
Doherty And Abarta Earn All-America Honors
In 2020, sophomore Tina Doherty and senior Megan Abarta earned All-America honors for the Hoosiers. Doherty was named to the ACWPC Third-Team while Abarta received Honorable-Mention honors.
Doherty led the Hoosiers and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) with 50 goals on the season and also finished with five assists and 16 steals, while recording five field blocks. Her .633 shooting percentage topped all Indiana players and she recorded her second-career six-goal game on Mar. 7, 2020 against Cal Lutheran. Doherty scored at least three goals in 11 of the Hoosier’s 18 games this season. She was also named to the All-MPSF Second Team.
Abarta finished her final season at IU scoring 37 goals, while recording 13 assists and a team-high 18 steals. In the MPSF, she was tied for seventh in goals and tied for eighth in steals. In her game against Long Beach State on Feb. 9, she scored a career-high five goals.