ANN ARBOR, Mich., January 25. FOR the second day in a row, the No. 17 Arizona State women's water polo team suffered a defeat at the hands of a Top 10 team, this time falling to No. 10 Michigan, 8-5, at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday.
A trio of Sun Devils netted goals in the contest, but it was not enough as the team slipped to 1-2 on the season. The Wolverines moved to 3-0 on the year.
Much like the Sun Devils’ loss to No. 9 Indiana the day before, ASU jumped out to an early 2-1 lead following the first quarter, but found itself tied at three at the intermission. The difference in the game came in the third stanza when the Wolverines outscored the Sun Devils, 2-0, to take a 5-3 lead into the final quarter. In the final stanza, UM netted three scores to ASU’s two goals to win the contest, 8-5.
Katie Davis (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) netted a pair of goals in the contest to bring her current scoring streak to three games in a row with at least one goal (five overall). Kimberlee Stevens (So., Lodi, Calif.) also added two goals while Elaine Bentley (So., San Digeo, Calif.) tallied one.
THE ASU women's water polo team concluded its opening weekend of competition Sunday at the Michigan Invitational with an 8-3 upset of No. 14 UC San Diego. The victory came over their highest ranked opponent in the history of the program, bettering the 6-5 victory the Sun Devils scored over No. 15 UC Irvine last season. The win also evened ASU’s record on the year at 2-2 while UCSD slipped to 1-3.
Katie Davis (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) ran her scoring streak to four games in a row by scoring two goals in the contest. For the year, Davis, the team’s lone senior, has netted seven goals. She was joined by freshman Raelyn Ritchie (Newport Beach, Calif.) for the team lead in scoring in the contest with two goals. Ritchie’s tallies are the first of her collegiate career.
Adriane Mota (So., Long Beach, Calif.), Heather Rempfer (So., Lodi, Calif.), Kimberlee Stevens (So., Lodi, Calif.) and Tessa Wyborny (So., Walnut Creek, Calif.) each scored for the Sun Devils giving the team six different goal scorers for the second time this year.