U.S. women rebound with FINA water polo win


Stanford grad Brenda Villa, Cardinal junior Annika Dries and incoming freshman Maggie Steffens each scored a pair of goals for the U.S. women's national water polo team in a 16-7 victory over Hungary on Tuesday at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.

The Americans meet Kazakhstan on Thursday in the final game of the first round of pool play.

Dries scored with 1:18 remaining in the second period, breaking a 4-4 tie and sparking a series of four consecutive goals to out the U.S. ahead to stay.

Courtney Mathewson scored on all three of her attempts and the Americans were 16-of-31 overall. Villa, the U.S. team captain, added a pair of assists.

The Netherlands beat Kazakhstan, 13-3, in other action. The Dutch and Americans both sport 1-0-1 marks, while Hungary is 1-1 and Kazakhstan is winless in two matches.

The U.S. men's national team resumes competition Tuesday with a match against Italy.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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