Aug. 24, 2011
SHANGHAI - KK Clark and Grace Reynolds helped lead the United States women's water polo team to the silver medal at the 2011 World University Games on Monday. UCLA head coach Brandon Brooks served as one of two assistant coaches on Team USA's coaching staff.
The U.S. team dropped a 14-4 decision to China in the gold medal match on Monday, Aug. 22, two days after edging Italy, 9-8, in a semifinal contest.
Taking on largely the same Chinese team that won the silver medal at the recent FINA World Championships last month, many predicted a difficult match for Team USA's women in the World University Games title bout. Leah Robertson and Nadia Dan each scored twice in the losing effort.
China came out on fire to open the match, leading 3-0 after the first quarter and 9-0 at halftime. Team USA broke through with two goals in the third quarter, but China answered with three scores to hold a 12-2 lead heading into the final quarter.
"Considering this China team is 100 percent the same team that finished second at World Championships, everybody else knew [we] were playing for second," said Team USA head coach Matt Anderson. "For this team to get a silver [medal] was amazing. The key was beating a strong Russia team in group play."