(story courtesy of usawaterpolo.org)
Shanghai, China – July 25 – The USA Women’s National Team’s bid for a three-peat at the FINA World Championships was halted today in a 9-7 loss to Russia in the quarterfinal round. Leading 6-2 early in the third quarter the United States were blitzed by five straight Russian goals to give up a lead they would never regain. Team USA now moves into the 5th through 8th place bracket where they will play the loser of a Canada-China tilt on Wednesday, July 27 at 12:10pm local time – 9:10pm pst (Tues).
The loss brings an end to a streak of five straight World Championships in which the United States played for a medal. Included in that run were three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal. It also signals the end of titles in every major FINA Championship over the last two years. The tally included a World Championship Gold Medal, World Cup Gold Medal, and three FINA World League Super Final Gold Medals. In the match against Russia Lauren Wenger (Long Beach, CA/USC/NYAC) and Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford) led the offense with two goals apiece while Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan/NYAC) went the distance in net stopping 12 shots.