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U.S. women tie China, head for New Zealand

 

Stanford junior Melissa Seidemann and Cardinal sophomore Annika Dries each scored a goal as the United States women's national water polo team played China to a 10-10 draw at the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women's water polo tournament Tuesday.

The Americans (1-1-1) were using the tournament as a warm-up for the FINA World Cup, which begins next Tuesday in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Mentally, I don't think we were as ready as we could be. I take responsibility for this, but we'll be much better next week," U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. "We'll have to play a lot better to be successful in Christchurch."

Anne Belden scored the last of her three goals with just over a minute remaining to play to tie the score as the U.S. squandered a 7-4 lead in the second period.

"She's had a great tour and played well," Krikorian said. "She was probably the one bright star for us."

The Americans were 3-of-4 on power plays while China was limited to 3-of-11.

The U.S. opens World Cup play with Russia and will also meet Australia and New Zealand in pool play. The Cup extends through August 22.

In Pinecrest, Fla., the United States Junior National women's team beat Venezuela. 20-3, on the first day of the UANA Junior Pan American Cup on Tuesday.

The junior team features Stanford incoming freshman Kelsey Suggs and Stanford club team member Julia Peters.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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