Santa Cruz del Tenerife, Spain -- The USA Women's Senior National Team made it two in a row to start at the FINA World League Super Final in Spain as they defeated Russia 10-6 behind a well balanced scoring effort that saw eight different players find the net. Team USA got off to a good start and never looked back as they built a 3-0 lead after the first quarter and were in front 4-1 at the half.
In the second half Russia began to mount more of a rally as they tallied three scores in the third quarter but that was answered by four from Team USA and as played moved in the fourth quarter it was 8-4 with USA in the lead. The fourth quarter saw each team score twice to end the game at 10-6 in favor of Team USA. Brittany Hayes and Elsie Windes led the scoring with two goals apiece while Betsey Armstrong turned aside 12 shots in net.
"We played a solid game and we seem to be gaining some form. Tomorrow we play China which is our opening game opponent at the Olympic Games, it will be another good test," said USA Head Coach Guy Baker. Next up for the team will be a game against China on Thursday at 9:30am PST.
USA: 10 (3, 1, 4, 2) E. Windes 2, B. Hayes 2, H. Petri 1, B. Villa 1, L. Wenger 1, N. Golda 1, P. Cardenas 1, K. Craig 1
RUS: 6 (0, 1, 3, 2)
6x5 -- USA - 2-5 -- RUS - 3-7
Saves: USA - B. Armstrong 12
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