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Closing Notes On 2010 Water Polo Season
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Release: 05/11/2010
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May 11, 2010

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The 10th-ranked Arizona State University women's water polo team (16-15, 0-7 MPSF) concluded the 2010 season at the MPSF Championships in Los Angeles April 30-May 2. The Sun Devils received three goals apiece from senior center Kelly Phelps, junior attacker Lynlee Smith and sophomore attacker Mariam Salloum in loses to No. 1 Stanford (5-10), No. 4 Hawai'I (4-7) and No. 6 San Jose State (9-10).

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS Here are the results for the conference tournament:
FRIDAY, APRIL 30 (rankings are conference seeding)

 Game 1: No. 2 USC vs. No. 7 San Diego State 15-5
Game 2: No. 3 Cal vs. No. 6 San Jose State 7-5
Game 3: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 Arizona State 10-5
Game 4: No. 4 Hawai'i vs. No. 5 UCLA 7-6

Game 5: No. 4 Hawai'i vs. No. 8 Arizona State 7-4
Game 6: No. 7 San Diego State vs. No. 6 San Jose State 12-10 (OT)

Game 7: No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 1 Stanford (Semi-Final) 7-6

Game 8: No. 2 USC vs. No. 3 California (Semi-Final) 9-7

Game 9: No. 6 San Jose State vs. No. 8 Arizona State (7th place) 10-9
Game 10 : No. 4 Hawai'i vs. No. 7 San Diego State (5th place) 7-6
Game 11: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 3 California (3rd place) 10-3

Game 12: No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 2 USC (Final) 8-7

PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF Last year's leading scorer notched a goal in 27 of 31 matches this season and finished the year with 51 goals, tying her for seventh on the school's season goals list. She also recorded 17 assists and 24 steals on the year. The Auckland, New Zealand, native has six hat tricks this season, topped the team with 15 multiple goal games and her 116 career scores are fifth in school history. She was the team leader with 68 points, ninth best in a single season, and has 158 points in her career, sixth most in school history.

SPREADING THE WEALTH Salloum led the team with 27 assists this season, which ranks as the 10th most helpers handed out in school history. She finished the year third on the team with 50 points after also netting 23 scores. Coupled with her 26 dimes last season, Salloum is tied for fifth place on the school's career assists list with 53 and tied for 10th on ASU's career points list at 101. She also recorded three hat tricks and 23 steals this season.

A CONSISTENT FORCE Junior center Nikki Unbehaun moved into 10th place on the school's career goals list this season with 71. One of the key returning players from last season's team, Unbehaun recorded 28 goals and seven assists this season while starting a majority of the Sun Devils' 31 games. She found the back of the net three times March 28 vs. Santa Clara and had eight multiple goal games on the year, including a pair of four-goal performances.

AHEAD OF THE PACK Freshman center Shannon Haas ended her debut season second in school history in goals scored by a freshman with 47 and eighth in points by a freshman with 49. The Murrieta, Calif., native is 10th all-time in goals scored in a single season, and was the team leader among freshman in goals, points (49) and steals (17). Her 47 goals were second most amongst MPSF freshmen and she was second on the team with 12 multiple goal games this season, including six in which she found the back of the net three or more times.

HARRISING THE OPPOSITION Junior attacker Sarah Harris collected a pair of goals at the MPSF Championships April 30-May 2, and finished the year with 38 goals, which ranks third on the team. She tied for the top spot on the team with 30 steals, ended second on the squad in points with 52 and recorded 14 assists in her first season with the Sun Devils. A former standout at Pacific, she also won 82 of 98 sprints this season. After seven MPSF matches this season, Harris was the team leader in goals (13) and points (15), and was second in steals (eight) in conference play. A consistent starter, she was third on the team with 10 multiple goal games this season, including four games in which she scored three or more goals.

AN EMERGING STAR With 29 goals and 17 assists on the season, sophomore attacker Kelsey White more than quadrupled her numbers from last year. Her 46 points rank fifth on the team and her 30 steals are tied for best on the squad. She earned her first career hat trick Feb. 6 against No. 4 Cal at the Stanford Invitational and has seven multiple goal games on the season. White finished her season on a strong note after collecting two goals and a pair of assists at the MPSF Championships April 30-May 2.

AMAZIN' ANNABELLE Sophomore attacker Annabelle Carter ended the season sixth on the team with 43 points after collecting 15 assists, which was fifth on the team, and scoring 28 goals through 31 games. Her six-goal performance Jan. 30 against UC Irvine ranks as the most goals by a Sun Devil in a single-game this season. Carter also swiped 20 steals, including three at the MPSF Championships April 30-May 2.

PAST THE CENTURY MARK (TWICE) With 15 saves in three matches at the MPSF Championships, including nine May 1 against No. 5 Hawai'i, sophomore goalie Dana Harvey has recorded 100 saves in consecutive seasons and sits in fourth place on the school's career saves list with 264. She made 139 saves and allowed 120 goals in 18 starts this season and saw action in 23 matches. Harvey collected a season-high 14 saves in a 13-3 victory over UC Irvine Jan. 30, and her 58 percent career save percentage ranks first in school history. Her 5.22 season goals against average places her second all time and her mark of 6.04 season saves per game average is ninth best at ASU.

YEARS BEYOND HER LAST NAME Freshman Amanda Young collected 123 saves in her debut season with the Sun Devils and already ranks sixth on the school's career saves list. She gave up 118 goals and appeared in 22 on the season, starting 13 of them. Her 5.36 season goals against average ranks third best all-time, while her season saves per game average of 5.59 was good enough for 10th in school history.

A BONNIE MILESTONE Senior attacker Bonnie Miles finished her career at ASU with her name on every major career list. She sits third on ASU's career assists list with 84 and seventh on the career points list with 157. She climbed to ninth on the school's all-time scoring list with a pair of goals at the MPSF Championships April 30-May 2 and now has 73 on her career. Miles is also 10th in school history with 78 career steals.

FOUR SEASONS OF HISTORY Following three goals and a trio of assists in four games April 30-May 2 at the MPSF Championships, Phelps concluded her four seasons in Tempe in the top four in Sun Devil history in both goals scored and points. She is third in career goals with 128 and fourth in career points at 176. She also has 48 assists in her career, which puts her five back of fifth place.

GETTING THEIR FEET WET Freshman center Paige Walters had a career day March 27 at the ASU Invitational. In her first regular season action for the Sun Devils, the Ann Arbor, Mich., native scored her first career goal and recorded her first career assist in a win over Concordia. Also seeing her first minutes of the regular season, freshman center Kramer Greenberg secured her first career helper in the second half of the Sun Devil's victory against the Eagles. Walters, Greenberg and redshirt freshman center Kaileigh Esson, who also played in her first regular season match March 27, all appeared in the second half of the match vs. Santa Clara March 28. Esson appeared in her first MPSF Conference match April 10 vs. No. 1 USC.

THE LEAGUE TAKES NOTICE For two consecutive weeks from March 29 to April 5, a Sun Devil was awarded MPSF Mikasa Newcomer of the Week honors by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Haas first took the accolade in the week following the ASU Invitational March 26-28 and Harris earned the honor after a five-goal performance against No. 3 California April 3.

GROUP EFFORT Thirteen of the 16 different Sun Devils who scored a goal through 31 matches this season recorded multiple goal games, including 10 who netted three or more scores in a single game. Smith finished as the team leader in multiple goal games with 15, while Haas came in second with 12 and Harris in third with 10. ASU was also not hesitant about distributing the ball, as 18 players collected an assist this year, including 12 with two or more in a game. Salloum, who had three hat tricks this season, paced the team with six multiple assist games, including a trio of three-assist performances.

PLAY THE BEST TO BE THE BEST The Sun Devils started the season with 14 straight matches versus opponents ranked in the top-20 and faced a ranked opponent in 26 of their 31 matches this season, including 12 against top-five teams and 16 versus those in the top-10, according to the Division I National Collegiate Poll rankings. ASU has also played a pair of teams in the top-10 of the Division III National Collegiate Poll rankings, including top-ranked Pomona Pitzer and No. 7 Whittier. The Sun Devils went 11-15 against these top teams in the 2010 season.

A BUSY SUMMER It was a busy July for the Sun Devils overseas as four student-athletes and Clapper competed in the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, while junior attacker Candice Phillippe played in the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Smith, Harvey and Clapper represented New Zealand. Smith scored seven goals and had three assists in six games and Clapper led the squad to a third place finish in their group and 12th overall. Harris led South Africa in goals scored with eight, and Salloum had two goals and an assist for Germany in six games.

A LOOK BACK AT 2009 For the first time in program history, the Sun Devils were ranked in the top-10 all last season. They moved as high as fifth in the March 4 poll and ended the season ranked 10th. The team started the season 6-0 and set a school record in average goals-per-game with 10 and a half. They had multiple All-Americans for the second season in a row as departed senior Addison McGrath was a First-Team selection and Smith collected Honorable Mention honors.

ANNABELLE AND SARAH'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE Carter, a native of Sydney, Australia, and Harris, who hails from Cape Town, South Africa, joined the team in mid-January and will look to contribute immediately. Carter attended the Australia College of Physical Education in Sydney for two years and was selected to compete for the Australian U17 team in 2006 and the U20 team in 2008. Harris attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., for one year and then attended school back home in South Africa before coming to Tempe. Her team-high 102 points were tops in the MPSF, as was her 3.40 goals per game average. She was named an All-MPSF Honorable Mention, the lone freshman selected to any All-American team.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK The Sun Devils welcomed seven freshman to the team this season: defender Becca Clopp, Haas, Greenberg, attackers Morgan Leech and Searra Silverberg, Walters and Young. In addition, Carter and Harris completed their first season with ASU.

SO INTERNATIONAL From South Africa to Germany, there are Sun Devils all over the world. Eight players from five different countries are on the ASU roster, meaning close to half of the team hails from outside of the United States. Harvey, sophomore center Bella Morrison and Smith are from New Zealand, White and Harris grew up in South Africa, Phillippe is a native of Canada, and Salloum is from Germany.

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