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USA women advance in FINA World League Super Final

 

The USA Women's National Team won its second straight match and remained unbeaten at the FINA World League Super Final with an 8-5 victory over host China on Wednesday in Tanjin.

Stanford grads Jessica Steffens, Brenda Villa and Lauren (Lolo) Silver all scored for Team USA, which closes out group play on Thursday against Greece.

"We're happy to get a win against one of the best teams in the world," said USA coach Adam Krikorian. "The difference in the game was our defense."

China made only three of nine power-play goals as the Americans ended a three-game losing streak to the Chinese from last week during common training in Tianjin.

Anne Belden scored twice and goalie Tumua Anae stopped eight shots for the Americans.

Lauren Wenger made it a 1-1 match with two minutes left in the first quarter. Elsie Windes gave the USA a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

Belden and Steffens both scored for a 4-1 lead before China closed to 4-2 by halftime.

The Americans took charge in the third quarter behind goals from Villa, Heather Petri, Belden and Silver for an 8-3 lead heading into the final period.

In other matches Australia defeated Canada 10-8, Russia blew out Spain 14-6, and Greece doubled up Italy 8-4.

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