Women's Water Polo
    Anae's Career High Nets Another MPSF Player of the Week Award
    Tumua Anae picks up her second MPSF Player of the Week nod this month.
    Tumua Anae picks up her second MPSF Player of the Week nod this month.

    March 16, 2009

    For the second time in three weeks, USC junior goalie Tumua Anae has earned honors as MPSF Player of the Week after an overpowering performance in the cage last week. Anae picked up a career-high 20 saves in a 15-6 MPSF home win over No. 6 Arizona State. The effort blew away the junior's previous career high of 14 that she had set in 2008.

    Although USC had faced ASU twice before, this was Anae's first game in the cage against the Sun Devils. Anae had six saves in the first period and six more in the second, and allowed just two ASU 6-on-5 goals during the first three periods of play. In the fourth, two of Anae's four saves were against power plays as she passed up the Trojans' previous single-game high mark set at 15 twice by Anae's freshman teammate Ilse van der Meijden. Anae's 20 saves also is the highest mark set within the MPSF this season.

    In her five appearances since returning from early-season injuries, Anae is averaging 11.8 saves and 5.0 goals against per game.

    USC's next competition has the Women of Troy in Hawai'i for a game against the Rainbow Wahine at 6 p.m. HT on Tuesday (March 17).