Womens Water Polo

U.S. Olympic team 7, Australia 5

Date of competition: Thursday, July 10, 2008

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The U.S. women's Olympic water polo team lived up to its top seed for the Beijing Games with a 7-5 victory over Australia in an exhibition match at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center on Thursday night. The victory gave the U.S. a 3-1 edge in the recent exhibition tour. Thursday's final showdown attracted an announced sellout crowd of 2,969 -- the largest audience ever to view a women's water polo match on U.S. soil. Stanford graduate Brenda Villa, the Olympic team captain, led the victory with three goals. Recent Cardinal grad Alison Gregorka added a goal and current Stanford player Jessica Steffens contributed plenty of defense for the winners. "It's a win," Villa said. "It wasn't pretty . . . The defenses cracked down and there were less goals."

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Stanford's Jessica Steffens played solid defense for the U.S. women's Olympic team in its 7-5 exhibition win over Australia on Thursday night. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

The U.S. women's Olympic team prepares to march in during a pre-match ceremony Thursday night at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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posted by Keith Peters on Jul 11, 2008 at 11:58 am

Stanford grad Brenda Villa makes a pass during first-half action in the USA's 7-5 water polo exhbition win over Australia on Thursday night at Stanford. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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