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49ers Head to the Midwest for the Fluid Four Hosted by Indiana

Kelly Ringel leads the 49ers into Bloomington, Ind., for the Fluid Four with 70 saves.

Feb. 20, 2013

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49ERS INDY BOUND: The Long Beach State women's water polo team jumped one spot to No. 10 on the CWPA poll as they hit the road this weekend, February 23-24, for a trio of matches along with an exhibition match at the Fluid Four in Bloomington, Ind., hosted by Indiana University. The 49ers (5-2) will face a pair of ranked opponents in Michigan and Indiana on Saturday before tackling Dollard des Ormeaux, a Canadian club team, followed by Washington & Jefferson to finish its Midwest road swing.

This weekend marks the first time the 49ers have competed in an indoor facility since 2006 when LBSU participated in the Michigan Tournament at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. going 2-1.

A LOOK AT THE FLUID FOUR: The Beach will start its quest for success in Indy with its first match against a familiar foe in No. 19 Michigan. The Wolverines (3-8) head into the match-up with a chip on their shoulder as the 49ers won their last meeting 8-6 to open the Triton Invitational. Michigan dropped eight spots on the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll and hasn't played since its trip out west. LBSU will look to extend its 9-2 head-to-head series lead against UM Saturday as it opens the Fluid Four at 8:20 a.m. PST.

Long Beach State then finishes day one of the tournament facing the host, Indiana, at 4:20 p.m. PST inside the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center. The eleventh-ranked Hoosiers (6-7) come into the contest having gone 3-1 at the Bison Invitational this past weekend. Saturday's match will only be the seventh-time these two programs have faced one another with LBSU leading 4-2.

The 49ers kick off day two of the tournament with their second exhibition match of the year against Dollard des Ormeaux. Ball is set to drop at 6 a.m. PST. This will be the second Canadian club team The Beach has faced in as many weeks with its first against the Calgary Renegades with the 49er prevailing 12-6.

LBSU will conclude its Midwest swing against Washington & Jefferson College Sunday morning at 10 a.m. PST. Sunday's match between the 49ers and Presidents (0-0) will be the first time in school-history that the two schools have faced one another. W&J College has yet to compete in the 2013 season as the Fluid Four will be its first round of games.

LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE: Long Beach State wrapped up its second tournament of the 2013 season going 2-1 at the Lancer Invitational. Senior Melissa Matheson led the way with eight goals on the weekend while junior Kelly Ringel collected 36 saves.

The 49ers opened the tournament on Friday, February 15, with a tough opponent in No. 2 USC in which LBSU dropped 9-1 to the Trojans. Long Beach State however found a way to bounce back and defeated tournament host, Cal Baptist 8-3 to wrap up day one. Christina Kotsia led the 49ers with a hat-trick against the Lancers while freshmen Kayla Robert collected her second goal of the day after scoring LBSU's lone goal against USC.

Freshmen Alexis Butler not only played but started her first collegiate game against Occidental but was relieved by Ringel after a 4-4 first period recording just two saves. The junior finished the match with 12 saves for her third double-digit save of the year.

The 49ers concluded the tournament with an exhibition match vs. the Calgary Renegades. Butler started once again for LBSU playing three solid quarters, with eight saves, before Mackenzie Robinson finished out the fourth period with two saves. Emily Matheson and Alex Wheeler took advantage of the playing time scoring a goal each while Sydney Stephenson fired in two.



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