No. 14 Indiana Water Polo Opens MPSF Tournament against No. 2 Stanford

Courtesy: Indiana Athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 14-ranked Indiana University water polo team will open up play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament on Friday, April 30 in Tempe, Ariz. against No. 2 Stanford.

The first-round tournament game is slated for a 2:30 p.m. ET start. Live stats for the game can be found at IUHoosiers.com and a live stream of every tournament game can be found at MPSports.org.

IU enters the conference championship as the No. 6 seed with an overall record of 9-15 and a MPSF mark of 1-11. Stanford earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament, finishing with an overall record of 10-4 and a mark of 8-4 in league play.

All-Time Series

Indiana is 0-11 all-time against Stanford. This season, the Cardinal earned a 17-6 win and a 15-5 victory over the Hoosiers in Palo Alto, Calif. on March 20-21.

MPSF Tournament

The MPSF Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. this weekend will have a double-elimination format. If Indiana wins on Friday, the team would play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 against the winner of No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 7 seed San Jose State. If IU falls to Stanford, they’d play the loser of that game at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 1.

Last Time Out

The Hoosiers lost a pair of games at No. 4 California this past weekend. IU dropped a hard-fought game on Friday, 12-10, before falling 13-3 on Saturday.

Doherty, White Earn All-MPSF Honors

Indiana’s Tina Doherty earned Second-Team All-MPSF honors, while freshman Kallie White was named to the All-MPSF Newcomer Team on April 29. The accolade is the second for Doherty in her career, who was also named to the all-conference second-team last season.

Indiana Ranked No. 14 in the Nation
Indiana is ranked No. 14 in the nation in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Top 25 released on Wednesday.

Top-10 List Watch

  • Goalkeeper Mary Askew has moved into eighth place all-time on the IU career saves with 352. She’s 246 saves behind Jackie Pyrz for seventh (598).
  • Izzy Mandema (59) is five goals shy of tying Candyce Schroeder in 10thplace on the single-season goals list.
    • Zoe Crouch (42) is three assists shy of tying Deb Simone and Lauren Wyckoff in 10th place on the single-season assists list.
  • Tina Doherty (139) is eight goals shy of tying Colleen McNaught for 10thplace on the career goals list.

School Record Efforts
In the doubleheader sweep of Salem on Feb. 27, both sophomore Zoe Crouch and junior Tina Doherty tied the Indiana school record with seven goals in one game.

Crouch dominated in the first game for the Hoosiers, matching the school record with seven goals. She also tied her career-high with two steals. In the second game, Doherty matched the school record herself, netting seven goals in the victory, while grabbing a pair of steals.

Indiana’s Mandema, White Earn Weekly MPSF Honors
After helping lead the Indiana University water polo team to a perfect, 4-0 record at the Hoosier Invite, junior Izzy Mandema and freshman Kallie White earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) honors on Feb. 2.

Mandema was named the MPSF Player of the Week, while White earned MPSF Newcomer of the Week honors. Mandema led the Hoosiers with 18 goals over the four games, while also recording six steals in a pair of wins against both Salem and Saint Francis. The junior matched her career-high three times over the two days of competition, racking up five goals each in three of the contests.

White was impressive in her first weekend for Indiana, totaling six goals, five assists and five steals in the four games. The rookie set early career-marks with two assists and two steals in a 16-2 win over Saint Francis, before notching a personal-best three goals in a 17-8 victory over the Red Flash the next day.

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.

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