The Sacred Heart Prep girls' water polo program has helped develop some of the top athletes in the sport. Just ask Michigan coach Matt Anderson, who is coaching the World University Games team this week in Shenzhen, China.
Stanford assistant coach Susan Ortwein, also in China helping with the Americans, has seen it with her own eyes.
Former Gators' Pallavi Menon, a senior at Stanford, Adriana Vogt, a recent San Jose State grad, and KK Clark, now at UCLA, each scored a goal and added an assist as Team USA rallied for a 12-10 victory over Russia on Tuesday.
Stanford sophomore Alyssa Lo and recent Cardinal grad Amber Oland also played important parts in the win over Russia, which clinched the preliminary group's top seed.
The U.S., trailing by two goals after three quarters, was aided by a pair of penalty shots in the final period. Nadia Dan, a senior at USC, converted all three of her penalty shots. Lo added a goal and Oland recorded 11 saves, six in the final quarter.
Team USA plays Great Britain in the championship quarterfinals on Thursday. Other quarter matches include Italy and Austria; Russia and Canada; and China and Mexico.
Stanford sophomore Chiney Ogwumike scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds in Team USA's 85-33 victory over Great Britain Tuesday at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
The victory clinched a spot in the quarterfinals, where the U.S. plays Finland on Thursday.
"It's like going into the NCAA Tournament," said Skylar Diggins, who led the team with 13 points and four assists. "Everyone's level of play has to step up. We definitely have to take advantage of the day off and rest our bodies because we know every team is going to be coming after us. We have to be focused and ready. Now, it's anybody's game. It's 0-0 and a lot of teams are just as hungry for that gold medal as we are."
Chiney Ogwumike connected on all four of her attempts from the foul line to put the USA up 4-0, 34 seconds into the contest, as the Americans never trailed in the contest.
The U.S. got back on the winning track Tuesday, defeating the United Arab Emirates, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20 at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
The Americans (3-1) complete pool play Wednesday against Thailand (3-0) with the winner advancing into the quarterfinals, while the loser will play for ninth place.
"Against Thailand, it is winner take all," U.S. coach Gordon Mayforth said. "The team knows, for us, playoffs start now. Thailand has their whole national team here, and it will be a good test for our guys. But I am sure we are up to the task."
The U.S. turned to its serving on Tuesday, hitting the UAE with seven aces, as opposed to two for the other side. The U.S. also led in attacks (31-30) and in blocks (6-4). The UAE was hurt by 31 team errors while the U.S. only committed 18.
Stanford grad Brad Lawson had three kills and a service ace for the Americans.