USA women out of medal contention in WUG water polo


Incoming Stanford freshman Madison Berggren scored three times and the United States pulled even with Russia twice in the fourth quarter, but Tatiana Zubkova's goal with 1:57 remaining proved to be the difference as Team USA dropped its quarterfinal match to the Russians, 9-8, at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Thursday.

The United States, which is being represented by the Stanford women's team, moves to the classification side of the bracket where fifth- to 10th-place finishes will be determined. Team USA will face China on Friday, with the winner matching up against the winner of the previous game between Japan and Hungary on Saturday.

Team USA never led in the contest, but tied things up for the third time early in the fourth quarter when Berggren sent one past Anna Ustyukhina from deep (7:34) to make the score 7-7. Valeriia Kolmakova pulled Russia back in front with 4:18 left with a power-play goal on the counter, but Berggren scored against on the USA's next possession.

The future freshman-to-freshman connection of Kat Klass and Berggren made the score 8-8 with 3:45 remaining following an exclusion for Russia.

Gabby Stone made one of her six saves (on 15 shots) on Russia's next possession (3:15) and Jordan Raney's shot nailed the post with 2:43 on the clock before Russia broke the tie at 1:57 in the fourth.

Berggren's shot was saved with 1:30 to go and the United States took a timeout with 54 seconds left, but its final two chances were thwarted. Jamie Neushul's long-distance attempt hit the post (0:41) and Katie Dudley's shot from center missed with just six ticks left.

— Stanford Athletics

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