TEMPE – Two current members of the Arizona State University water polo roster and one alumnus combined to have an excellent showing at the 2014 FINA Women’s Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament this past weekend in Riverside, Calif.
Sophomore goalkeeper E.B. Keeve helped lead the U.S. National Team to a runner-up finish as she earned the starting nod for the in several of the team’s most important games in the week-long tournament, including games against Canada, China and in the championship final against Australia.
Keeve left a lasting impression in the United States’ dramatic 12-11 victory over Canada during round robin play earlier in the tournament. Regulation wasn’t enough to settle things in the back-and-forth affair, forcing the game into a shootout where Keeve made two of her 20 saves in the match, including the game-winning save on Christine Robinson’s final attempt for team Canada to seal the victory for the U.S.
Keeve also logged double-digit saves in victories over China (10 saves in a 14-10 victory in the semifinals) and Kazakhstan (13 saves in a 16-5 win).
The U.S. and Keeve’s only loss on the weekend came in the championship round, where Australia knocked off the Americans in a tough 7-5 decision. Australia was led by former Sun Devil Rowie Webster, who scored the game-winning goal and her second goal of the game with a few second left in the third quarter to break a 5-5 tie. Keeve finished the contest with eight saves,
Webster was her typical dominant self for the Australians throughout the tournament, scoring 16 goals in six games and averaging just under a hat trick per game as she led her team to a perfect 6-0 record at the tournament with a championship to cap it off.
Both Keeve and Webster will join their respective teams at the FINA World League Super Final due to their top-two finish in this tournament in Kunshan, China beginning June 15.
Additionally, the Brazilian national team was paced this weekend by ASU freshman standout Izabella Chiappini as she led the team to a fifth-place finish overall in the tournament.
Chiappini scored one goal in Brazil’s 11-10 shootout victory over Japan to clinch the final qualifying spot at the FINA World League Super Final.
The real highlight of the tournament came in the previous game as Chiappini unloaded for eight goals against Kazakstan in a tight 12-11 decision just to get the Brazilians into the fifth-place game to begin with. Chiappini scored her eighth and final goal of the game with 2:38 remaining in regulation to break a 11-11 tie and give her team the win.
Chiappini finished the weekend as one of the top goal-scorers of the tournament, logging 20 goals over the course of the week.