Russia and Spain will play for the gold medal on Saturday after thrilling semi-final wins over the Netherlands and Hungary.
The Olympic champion and four-time defending champions Serbia saw their quest for a record-tying fifth straight gold halted by 2018 runner-up Spain.
The top two teams – USC and Stanford – remained the same in collegiate women’s water polo poll after Week 1 of competition.
Hungary, Spain and the Netherlands qualified for the semis for the fourth straight year, while Russia advanced to the round for the first time since 2012.
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UC San Diego’s Maddie Brockman and Taylor Onstott led the individual scoring efforts, each logging a six-goal outing on collegiate women’s water polo Week 1.
Greece had to overcome some initial struggles but Russia was pressed till the end by the Georgians and the game almost ended in a shootout.
Five women’s water polo Week 1 games were one-goal decisions and four ended in upsets, one of which saw #13 UC San Diego best #4 Cal 14-13 in sudden death.
The Netherlands won Group B thanks to a surprisingly easy victory against Spain in the decisive match on the last day in the women’s prelims.
Italy, Hungary and Serbia followed Croatia to the quarter-finals after convincing wins in the last round of the prelims.
The USA Women’s National Team got back in the win column today with a 10-7 win over Australia to close out a three-game series in Brisbane.
Hungary clinched the first place in Group A after winning a brilliant game against Greece.
Katinka Hosszu made history in many ways in 2019, and this week added one more superlative to her resume: the most Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year awards.
Eighteen of the 32 collegiate women’s water polo opening weekend matches pit two ranked teams against each other, including three top 10 affairs.
With the 2020 collegiate women’s water polo season beginning in earnest this weekend, SwimSwam breaks down the top headlines from the offseason.
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