The Sports Examiner

WATER POLO: U.S. and Italy still undefeated and into World League Super Final semis

The U.S. women have won five straight editions of the FINA Women’s World League and are into the semifinals of the Super Final after a 3-0 mark in group play and a 21-6 win over China in the quarterfinals.

Italy is the only other undefeated team, winning its three games in Group A and its quarterfinal over Canada.

Playing at the Duna Arena in Budapest (HUN), the U.S. defeated Hungary, 12-9; Canada, 15-4 and Russia, 12-7, in its three matches for a cumulative score of 39-20. In the quarterfinal, the U.S. piled up a 12-2 halftime lead and finished with a 21-6 win over China.

The Italians – 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalists – edged Australia, 11-9; squeaked by the Netherlands, 8-7 and cruised past China, 10-7. Italy defeated Canada, 14-10, in its quarter.

The final group rankings:

Group A: 1. Italy 9 (3-0), 2. Netherlands 6 (2-1), 3. Australia 3 (1-2), China 0 (0-3).

Group B: United States 9 (3-0), 3. Russia 5 (1-1 + overtime win), 3. Hungary 3 (1-2); 4. Canada 1 (0-2 + overtime loss).

Maddie Musselman led the U.S. in scoring with eight goals, followed by Maggie Steffens (5) and Rachel Fattal (4) and Stephania Haralabidis (4).

In the quarterfinals:

Upper bracket: Russia 9, Australia 8; Italy 14, Canada 10
Lower bracket: Netherlands 12, Hungary 10; United States 21, China 6

The semifinals will be played on Saturday and the medal matches on Sunday. The winner of the tournament gets a $50,000 team prize and qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 women’s water polo tournament.

Look for results here.

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