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Team USA women captures water polo gold at WUG

 
Team USA celebrates its gold medal victory over Hungary on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of USA Water Polo.

Stanford sisters Kiley Neushul and Jamie Neushul each scored four goals and the United States women's national water polo team won its fourth international gold medal of the year, beating Hungary 16-9 Tuesday to win the World University Games title.

The Americans finish the year on a 29-game winning streak and an overall 34-1 record. After losing to Australia in the championship game of the FINA Intercontinental Tournament at UC Davis in May, the U.S. won the Kunshan Cup and the FINA World League Super Final during June in China, and the FINA World Championships in Hungary during July.


Kiley Neushul

Jamie Neushul
Team USA won seven games by two goals or less and went to a pair of shootouts, winning both. The Americans went 8-0 in Taiwan, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 127-38. They've reached double figures in 10 straight, 17 of 18, and 29 of 35 overall.

The U.S. won the World University Games roster with a predominantly Pac-12 roster, with UC Irvine's Mary Brooks, a welcome addition, keeping it from being a monopoly. Along with eight Stanford players, California, USC, UCLA and Arizona State were represented.

Dan Klatt, an assistant with USA women's coach Adam Krikorian for both gold-medal efforts at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, coached the team. He's the head coach at UC Irvine.

The U.S. won its first World University Games women's water polo title. The sport was added for the 2009 Games. The Americans previous best was a runner-up finish in 2011.

Stanford senior Gabby Stone and ASU's Mia Rycraw, who saved 85 percent of shots faced, combined for six saves.

Kiley Neushul was 4-of-5 from field, bettered only by Jamie Neushul's 4-for-4 (all on power plays) effort. The Americans made 67 percent of their shots overall.

Brooks added three goals and won all four sprints. She also had a steal and field block.

Cardinal senior Jordan Raney, who had two goals, scored to snap a 1-all tie in the first period and put the U.S. ahead to stay. Cal's Stephanie Mutafyan and UCLA's Alys Williams added goals to help push the lead to 10-3 by halftime.

Hungary never got closer than six goals the rest of the day.

Stanford's Madison Berggren, Kat Klass, Dani Jackovich, and incoming freshman Aria Fischer, also played for the U.S.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA water polo

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