BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — University of Michigan water polo student-athletes Abby Andrews (Fr., Indooroopilly, Australia/Brisbane Girls Grammar School) and Sofie Pontré (So., Perth, Western Australia/Santa Maria College) have helped the Australia team guarantee itself a Top Eight finish at the World University Games in Naples, Italy.
Australia, which fell to Hungary by a 7-4 score earlier today in the tournament quarterfinals to earn a spot in the Fifth-to-Eighth Place round, will take on China at 7:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, July 11, to claim a berth in the Fifth Place game against the victor of a contest between Japan and the United States. A loss to China will place Australia in the Seventh Place against the fallen from the USA-Japan game as both the Fifth and Seventh Place games will occur on Friday, July 12.
Australia jumped out to a quick start at the tournament as Andrews scored twice in a 15-4 defeat of China on July 2. The team suffered back-to-back defeats as Andrews handed out a pair of assists and Pontré handed out a helper in a 17-7 loss to the Russian Federation on July 5. Following a 9-7 loss to Italy on July 7 in which Pontré punched in a goal, Australia topped the United States by an 11-9 count on July 8 behind a pair of tallies by Pontré to set the stage for the quarterfinal versus Hungary.