Womens Water Polo

Russia 11, United States 10

Date of competition: Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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The gold medal is far from gone, but the USA Women's Senior National Team certainly has plenty of work ahead following an 11-10 water polo loss to Russia on Tuesday in the second round of the FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy.

The Americans lost despite another strong effort on player advantages and solid play from two meters, and now stand at 1-1 in Group B action with Greece looming on Thursday in Team USA's final match of group play.

"You know what you're going to get with them, they are a physical team, they are relentless with their press, but we did a decent job handling that," U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said of the Russians. "The problems were similar to last time we played them, defensively for us. We can't give up that many goals and expect to win games."

Trailing 10-9 in the fourth, Russia used consecutive player advantages to find the net and build an 11-10 lead at the 3:24 mark. The United States turned the ball over following a timeout with under a minute remaining and that appeared to be the Americans' best chance to tie. Russia was called for an exclusion with just one second remaining, but a shot from Kami Craig (celebrating her 22nd birthday) near mid-tank was hauled in by the Russian goalie to secure the win.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jul 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm

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