The Next Level: Redfern is a key contributor for Indiana

Amanda Redfern, a member of Dos Pueblos’ CIF championship water polo team in 2010, is making an impact in her first season playing at Indiana University.

Redfern has helped the 13th-ranked Hoosiers to a 22-11 record and No. 3 seeding in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships.

Dos Pueblos alum Amanda Redfern has played a key role in Indiana's success this season.

She’s scored 17 goals, with 11 assists and 13 steals, and has earned the respect of the veteran players on the squad.

“In the pool, Amanda is a really smart player,” senior attacker Nicole Redder told the Indiana Daily Student, the campus newspaper. “She knows the game. She can help everyone know what to do with the ball. She’s also been converting a lot of goals for us.”

Redfern has never been known to be a big scorer. She credits her teammates for the increased offensive output.

“Our team overall has made me successful offensively, being able to move and drive and get people open,” she told the IDS. “I was lucky enough to be one of those open people. I’ve been way more aggressive than I used to be in wanting to get the shots because shooting feels good and you feel good when it happens.”

Indiana coach Barry King has been impressed.

“We knew that she had a nice skill set coming in, she’d been taught well previously,” King said in the ISD article. “ What we didn’t realize was that she has a very steady personality. When you’re a center defender, you can’t play emotionally. You have to play hard, but you have to keep your emotions in check. She’s done a good job.”

Redfern is one of three freshmen who have played key roles in the team’s success. The other two are attackers Shae Fournier and Meghan Lappan.

Indiana received a first-round bye in the regional postseason tournament. The Hoosiers will be play either Harvard or Gannon on Friday

Indiana is trying to reach its first NCAA Tournament.

“Hopefully we make it because we want to help (the seniors), We want to make it to NCAAs. That’s our main goal, and that’s what everybody wants here,” said Redfern.

GOLFERS IN POSTSEASON: Laguna Blanca grad Niall Platt helped Notre Dame capture the Big East Championship at Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.

The freshman played the final 10 holes even par and notched his lone birdie of the day on the par-5, 14th hole. He concluded the day at 4-over par (75) and finished tied for sixth overall at 218 (+5).

The Irish fired a final-round 293 (9 over) to finish at 24-over par for the tournament (876). They finished six shots ahead of second-place Louisville.

It was the seventh conference title for the Irish and first since 2005-06.

Santa Barbara grad and Northwestern freshman Jack Perry shot a 3-over 75 in his last tournament, the Illini Spring Classic. He birdied his last two holes and placed 43rd.

Next up for Perry and the Wildcats is the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend.

Stanford freshman Shane Lebow, Perry’s teammate on last season’s CIF State Championship team at Santa Barbara High, tied for 57th at the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo GC in Santa Cruz.

Lebow will be in the lineup for the No. 20-ranked Cardinal at the Pac-10 Championships on Friday at the Stanford Golf Course.

Former Santa Barbara High star Andrew Perez helped lead College of the Desert to its 24th straight conference title and a berth in the So Cal Regionals at Bermuda Dunes on May 2.

In a recent match at Palos Verdes County Club, Perez shot a 65 in cold, windy conditions. He also shot a 66 this season.