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Waterpolo - 18. August 2008.

U.S. Olympic Team for Women's Water Polo and Australia To Meet In Semi-Finals On Tuesday

Beijing, China - August 17 - The U.S. Olympic Team for Women's Water Polo and Australia will meet at the Olympics; again. The two squads are set for a match in the semi-finals at 2:20pm Beijing time on Tuesday, August 19 at the Ying Tung Natatorium. The match is set by virtue of the United States winning Group A while Australia knocked off upstart China 12-11 earlier today. Australia and the United States will have met in every Olympic Games thus far containing women's water polo. They met for the Gold Medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney, an Australia victory, and for the Bronze at the 2004 Games in Athens, a United States triumph.

The United States of America who continues their streak of having reached the medal round in every major tournament since those 2000 Olympics will take on Australia for the 12th time in 2008. Currently the Aussies hold a record of 5-4-2.

Most recently the two squads met for a four game set in Southern and Northern California between July 4 and July 10. The United States claimed a victory 13-12 on July 4 in Los Alamitos, CA. Australia was victorious on a last second penalty goal 12-11 on July 6 in La Jolla, CA. Team USA came back with a 12-6 victory on July 8 in Coronado, CA. Finally in their last and most recent match the United States were victorious 7-5 at a sold-out Stanford University on July 10 in Stanford, CA.

Prior to that series the two met at the FINA World League Super Final in Spain where the United States defeated Australia for the first time in 2008 with a score of 10-9. Before that the two teams played in Beijing in March at the Good Luck Beijing Water Polo Open with Australia claiming a 7-6 victory. Finally, to start off 2008 the two teams gathered in January in Australia for common training and a five game set which the Australians either won or tied in every match. The two teams tied 8-8 on January 9 in Perth, Australia and then Australia won 13-11 on January 10 in Perth. Australia won again 10-8 on January 12 in Sydney, the two teams played to a 6-6 draw in Sydney on January 14, and then Australia defeated the United States 11-9 in Sydney on January 15 in Sydney.

Also of note the two teams met to decide the Gold Medal at the 2007 FINA World League Super Final in July in Montreal and the 2007 FINA World Championships in March in Melbourne, both victories for the United States.

2008 Matches
January 9 - 8-8
January 10 - Australia Wins 13-11
January 12 - Australia Wins 10-8
January 14 - 6-6
January 15 - Australia Wins 11-9
March - Australia Wins 7-6
June 10 - USA Wins 10-9
July 4 - USA Wins 13-12
July 6 - Australia Wins 12-11
July 8 - USA Wins 12-6
July 10 - USA Wins 7-5
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