Game 21 (W): 21:00, Group A, KAZAKHSTAN 4 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 14

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 3-4, 0-5, 0-4, 1-2

Referees: Mihailo CIRIC (SRB), Juan MENENDEZ (CUB)

Extra Man: KAZ: 1/8. USA: 3/7

Pens: USA: 2/2

Teams:
KAZAKHSTAN: Galina RYTOVA, Lyudmila CHEGODAYEVA, Aizhan AKILBAYEVA, Anna TUROVA, Kamila ZAKIROVA, Kamila MARINA, Natalya ALEXANDROVA (1), Darya VASSILYEVA, Agata TNASHEVA, Marina GRITSENKO (1), Yelena CHEBOTOVA (2), Assem MUSSAROVA, Yelena STARODUBTSEVA. Head Coach: Ryan CASTLE.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI (1), Melissa SEIDEMANN, Brenda VILLA (1), Lauren WENGER (3), Margaret STEFFENS, Courtney MATHEWSON, Jessica STEFFENS (2), Elsie WINDES (1), Kelly RULON (1), Annika DRIES (3), Kameryn CRAIG (2), Tumuaialii ANAE. HEAD COACH: Adam KRIKORIAN.

World champion USA, stunned by the Netherlands in the tournament’s opening game, completed the tight Group A preliminary round on top with a comfortable outing against Kazakhstan. The game was never easy and Team USA had to work for its rite of passage. Lauren Wenger, the 2007 Melbourne FINA World Championships MVP, scored three times to give her eight for the week. The USA looked ready for an armchair ride at 4-1 but two CHEBOTOVA goals on extra had the game poised at 4-3 by the first break. It was a long time before the USA opened the door, spurred on by the USA Synchro team in the stands. A flurry of goals took the game to 8-3 and 12-3 at the next breaks. The final quarter saw the second goalkeepers take the water and the pace slowed and two DRIES goals were punctuated by an ALEXANDROVA effort on extra. The USA was through and Kazakhstan is assigned to the bottom four.