Michigan's Leah Robertson scored three goals as the United States women's water polo team downed Italy, 9-8, in the semfinals of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China on Saturday.
Six others, including Stanford's Pallavi Menon and Alyssa Lo and Sacred Heart prep grad KK Clark, also scored for the Americans, who advanced to Monday's championship match against host China.
China, highly favored to win the gold, beat Russia, 12-6, in the other semifinal.
Stanford grad Amber Oland recorded 11 saves (for a save percentage of .579) as Team USA withstood a fierce fourth-quarter rally from the Italians to hold on.
Germany downed the U.S. team of Loyola Marymount's Emily Day and Heather Hughes to claim the gold medal in beach volleyball.
Day and Hughes advanced to Friday' s final by defeating China's Jin Jieqiong and Miao Chenchen in Friday's semifinals, 18-21, 21-19, 15-10.
It is the first beach volleyball medal ever for the United States at the World University Games.
Day and Hughes fell to Germany's Karla Borger and Britta Buethe, 21-19, 21-14.
Day and Hughes faced the Germany team earlier in the week, and won, 21-14, 17-21, 17-15.
Spain earned its first gold medal of the Games when Julia Takacs Nyerges won the women's 20km walk on Friday.
"It was my best performance in my career, my very first gold medal in my life and the first gold for Spain at the Universiade," Nyerges said. "I cannot express my excitement now. I started slowly and tried to speed up gradually. I tried my best to win and am exhausted now. The medal is a big encouragement for me and I hope I can keep improving and attend the London Olympics next year."
Russia's Tatiana Shemyakina and Nina Okhotnikova won the silver and bronze medals respectively.