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U.S. women’s water polo sweeps Russia in three-game California series

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The U.S. women’s water polo team swept Russia in a three-game series hosted in California, their last matches on home soil before departing for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

If they are given the green-light to compete, Russia is slated to be in the women’s tournament in Rio, too. FINA, the international governing body of water polo, has not yet cleared the Russian women’s water polo team for competition in the wake of the Russian doping scandal.

In the first game, in San Diego on July 21, Maddie Musselman led the U.S. in scoring with six goals. Also scoring for the U.S. were Courtney Mathewson (3), team captain Maggie Steffens (2), Melissa Seidemann (2), Makenzie Fischer (1), Kaleigh Gilchrist (1) and Kami Craig (1).

Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson made eight saves to secure the victory, where the U.S. topped Russia 16-5.

The U.S. kept their winning streak alive in Los Angeles for Game 2, beating Russia 15-7. Again, Musselman led the U.S. in scoring with four goals. Kiley Neushul (3), Rachel Fattal (2), Gilchrist (2), Seidemann (1), KK Clark (1), Fischer (1) and Craig (1) each added to the 15-7 victory with their goals.

Goalkeeper Sami Hill, also on the Rio roster, made 10 saves.

The U.S. women closed out the series with a 16-7 victory over Russia in Stanford. Musselman made four goals, while Neushul (3), Fattal (2), Gilchrist (2), Seidemann (1), Clark (1), Fischer (1) and Craig (1) also scored for the U.S.

The U.S. women, the defending Olympic champions, will next take on Spain in their opening match of the 2016 Rio Games.

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