Jan. 9, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana water polo head coach Barry King, who enters his 16th season at the helm of the program, announced the 2013 schedule today (Jan. 9). Last year, the team set a new school record for most wins in a season with 27 and return leading scorer Shae Fournier.
The leading scorer from the year before, Jakie Köhli, also returns after missing the 2012 season due to injury along with the team's leader in assists Colleen McNaught, as they try to top last year's impressive campaign. Highlighting the schedule will be a March 30th home match against CWPA rival Michigan starting at noon.
"This schedule once again puts us up against some of the best teams in the country," said King. "And we also get to play in front of our home crowd on two separate weekends so we are looking forward to that. It should be a very exciting year and I know the team is really looking forward to it."
As usual, the season will begin at the Michigan Kick-Off with the Hoosiers headed to Ann Arbor January 19 and 20 to take on San Jose State, Colorado State, San Diego State, and UCLA.
The Hoosiers first trip out west will start February 1st when they travel to Davis, Calif., to take on UC Davis, before heading up to Palo Alto the very next day to compete in the Stanford Invitational.
Two weeks later on February 16 -17, IU will head to the opposite coast to play in the Bison Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa., against Hartwick, Villanova, Wagner, and Princeton, before coming home to host the Fluid Four on February 23-24 in Bloomington. Teams and game times for the Fluid Four will be announced at a later date.
Indiana will start the month of March with back-to-back weekends in California - first in Pomona for the Claremont Convergence on March 8 and 9, against California Lutheran, Claremont-McKenna, Occidental, and Redlands, and then to Riverside, Calif., for the Lancer Invite on March 15 where they will face Cal Baptist and Wagner for the second time. The very next day they will be heading on to San Diego to compete in the Aztec Invitational (March 16 and 17), where they will be matched up against Hawaii, San Diego State, UC San Diego, and CSU Northridge.
CWPA league play begins March 23-24 in Erie, Pa., where the Hoosiers will play, among others, Notre Dame (Ohio) College and Gannon University. League action will conclude on at home in Bloomington on March 30 against Michigan.
CWPA Western Championships are April 13-14 in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Eastern Championships are the 26-28 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The NCAA Tournament will conclude the season May 10-12 in Cambridge, Ma. at Harvard University.
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