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American women grab more gold at FINA water polo event

 

Stanford senior Maggie Steffens scored twice to help the United States women's senior national water polo team beat Spain, 13-9, in the gold medal match of the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai, China on Sunday.

Courtney Mathewson, who was named the tournament's MVP, and Maddie Musselman also scored twice for the Americans (6-0, 28-2), who successfully defended their WL Super Final title.

"We were happy to play consistently well in the final," U.S. Coach Adam Krikorian said. "We were very efficient offensively. We still could be better on defense, but we're happy with the victory."

Menlo Park resident and Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark and Cardinal grad Kiley Neushul also scored for Team USA, which returns home for a series of exhibitions across the country before heading to the Rio Olympics.

The final Olympic roster will be announced Thursday.

The Americans are a 10-game winning streak and will open their U.S. tour against Hungary on June 27 at Ransom Everglades School.

The same two teams will meet again on June 29 at the YMCA in Greenwich, CT and on July 2 at Fordham in the Bronx.

The U.S. and Russia play three times on the west coast beginning July 21 at Cathedral Catholic in San Diego and on July 24 at UCLA.

The Americans final game on U.S. soil before the Olympics will be held at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center on July 27 at 7 p.m.

In other matches, Australia beat China, 10-3, for the bronze medal; Italy topped Russia, 10-8, for fifthand Canada defeated Brazil, 12-6, in the seventh-place game.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA water polo

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