BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Head coach Matt Anderson has announced that three Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) student-athletes are among 17 players under consideration for the 2011 USA Women's World University Games roster.
Anderson, the coach of the University of Michigan, is currently reviewing two of his Wolverines; players in Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep), while also considering Indiana University goalie Cassie Wyckoff (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos).
Of the 17 athletes invited to try out, the top 13 will be selected for the United States squad. Those advancing to compete in China this summer will also earn a guaranteed try-out to represent the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games.
This summer's games will be held in Shenzhen, China from August 12-23. The international sporting competition is staged every two years in a different city, with the summer games consisting of 12 compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country.
The World University Games are open to all student-athletes that have not been out of college for more than a year and that are between 17 and 28 years old. Entries are accepted from any country which is eligible for the Olympic Games and from any national federation which is affiliated with an appropriate international federation.
The 2011 CWPA Women's Varsity Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a double major in economics and environment, Mantel led the Wolverines with 85 points, registering 49 goals and 36 assists during the 2011 season. Her goal and point totals are both amongst the top-10 single-season performances in program history. She collected her second selection to the all-conference first team and was named to the CWPA Eastern Championship All-Tournament second team.
A three-time AWCPA All-Academic and CWPA Scholar-Athlete team selection, Mantel won two AWPCA All-America honorable mentions during her distinguished tenure. She wrapped up her career as the program record holder in assists (157) and ranks second in career points (367) and third in goals (210) and steals (190). She is one of two Wolverines to record 100 assists, 200 goals and 300 points in a career.
A three-time All-America selection with third team accolades in 2009 and 2010 following an honorable mention nod in 2008, Robertson concluded her time in Maize & Blue following the 2010 season. Despite an injury that kept her out of the line-up during the middle of her senior season, she earned Most Valuable Player accolades for the CWPA Western Division and at the CWPA Eastern Championship in leading the Wolverines to their third consecutive Eastern crown. Robertson dented the twine a career high 45 times as she strung together her third straight 50-point season. She is the only Wolverine to earn a repeat selection to an NCAA All-Tournament team, picking up a nomination for the third-straight season at the 2010 championship.
A rising senior, Wyckoff earned Most Valuable Player laurels in leading the Hoosiers to the 2011 CWPA Eastern Championship at home against Michigan. A four-time Defensive Player of the Week selection last season, she started all 39 games this season for the Hoosiers, including three at the NCAA Championship hosted by Michigan. The IU single-season saves record holder with 348 stops in 2011, Wyckoff contributed 47 steals and dished out 22 assists during her junior season. For her career, she has 752 saves, good for second on the school's all-time list.
The 2011 USA Women's World University Games roster will be announced in the coming weeks.