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August 20, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- The sports psychologist was at the ready. And when the U.S. women's water polo team started to waver and squandered a three-goal, fourth-quarter lead, the question seemed to be whether Coach Guy Baker would book an extended appointment with USOC senior psychologist Peter Habrerl on the spot. "I'm still getting over Sydney," Baker said. "It's one step at a time. We've got a lot of therapists around." But captain and spiritual leader Brenda Villa's water-skimming, power-play goal broke the tie with a minute left, and the Americans hung on through two nerve-racking Aussie possessions.
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August 11, 2012 | By David Wharton
- The day after Claressa Shields punched her way to a gold medal in women's boxing, she was walking through the Olympic village Friday on her way to the dining hall. With the medal still draped around her neck - "I kept it on everywhere," she said - she bumped into Carmelita Jeter, a sprinter and teammate on the U.S. squad. "Girl," Jeter said, "I want one of those. " The American women came to the 2012 London Olympics hungry to succeed - Jeter would have her moment anchoring a record-setting 400-meter relay victory later that night - and they have responded with a historic performance.
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February 19, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
The U.S. women's water polo team completed a sweep of the competition to win the Holiday Cup tournament with an 11-8 victory over Canada in the championship match Sunday at Los Alamitos. The U.S. team rallied from deficits in the first and third quarters and outscored Canada, 2-0, in the fourth to wrap up its fifth consecutive victory in the event. Brenda Villa of Commerce scored three goals in the final. A goal by Lolo Silver of Long Beach in the third quarter gave the U.S. a 9-8 lead that it made stand.
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August 10, 2012 | By Brian Hamilton
LONDON — Maggie Steffens was in the middle of everything as the orchestral music swooned through the Water Polo Center, and she and her U.S. teammates locked arms, about to take an inches-high step a good 12 years in the making. She ducked her head forward, looked left and looked right. "Ready?" Steffens asked. Ready didn't begin to describe it, not nearly. Not the program burdened by three Olympics' worth of frustration. Not Steffens, either, the effervescent 19-year-old with a howitzer attached to her shoulder, the goal-hoarding dervish who helped deliver the U.S. from its past by playing better than anyone on the planet.
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November 2, 1995 | ERIC SHEPARD
Brenda Villa is the only girl to start on the Bell Gardens water polo team. The 5-foot-7 sophomore is a two-year starter and one of the leading scorers for the Lancers, who are 23-3 and ranked No. 1 in the Southern Section's Division III. A member of the junior national team, Villa plans to continue the sport in college. She is a honor student ranked in the top 10 of her class.
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June 13, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
There's a number of ways Ryan Bailey could measure his water polo career. He could count medals or victories or even the Olympic Games opening ceremonies he's marched in. But to truly understand how far he's come in his sport, Bailey says you have to look at his sleeping arrangements. "When I first started with the national team, I was still at UC Irvine, a single guy just sleeping on people's couches and hanging out at the pool all day," says Bailey, who grew up in Long Beach.
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August 5, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON - Exclusions and a red card.   In other words, just another wild women's water polo match between the United States and Italy.   This one was in the Olympic quarterfinals and the U.S. women's water polo team kept its unbeaten string intact with an emphatic 9-6 win against Italy, a long-time nemesis.   Melissa Seidemann had a hat trick and Brenda Villa and Kelly Rulon each scored twice on Sunday night at the Water Polo Arena in Olympic Park.
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August 1, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON -- The U.S. women's water polo team gave up three goals in the last three minutes Wednesday and settled for a 9-9 tie with Spain in a preliminary-round game at the Water Polo Arena at Olympic Park. The U.S. (1-0-1) got four goals from Kami Craig of San Luis Obispo and one each from Annika Dries, Courtney Mathewson, Melissa Seidemann, Brenda Villa and Maggie Steffens. The U.S. women, who won their opening game, 14-13, on Monday, scored four straight goals in the third and fourth quarters on Wednesday to take a 9-6 lead.
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August 9, 2012 | By Brian Hamilton
LONDON - This was Maggie Steffens' first Olympics, and it certainly won't be her last. It will be difficult to have a better one, and impossible to cap future tournaments with a better ending. The 19-year-old piled on five more goals to her tally in London and the U.S. women's water polo team finally broke through for a gold medal, holding off Spain, 8-5, in the championship match at Water Polo Arena. Silver medals in 2000 and 2008 now get slid to the side of the mantel, making way for a gilded moment that arrived via a dominant effort.
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August 5, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Talk about fast-forwarding the process. The U.S. women's water polo players were barely out of the pool before questions started coming about a familiar opponent from a far-away land. "Bring it on," said Melissa Seidemann. "Let's go. ... There's a heated rivalry. " Seidemann was talking about Australia. It should be said that Seidemann punctuated those fighting words with a smile and a good dose of laughter Sunday night. She scored three goals in leading the U.S. to a 9-6 victory over Italy at the Water Polo Arena, setting up a semifinal game against longtime rival Australia on Tuesday.
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August 9, 2012 | By Brian Hamilton
LONDON - This was Maggie Steffens' first Olympics, and it certainly won't be her last. It will be difficult to have a better one, and impossible to cap future tournaments with a better ending. The 19-year-old piled on five more goals to her tally in London and the U.S. women's water polo team finally broke through for a gold medal, holding off Spain, 8-5, in the championship match at Water Polo Arena. Silver medals in 2000 and 2008 now get slid to the side of the mantel, making way for a gilded moment that arrived via a dominant effort.
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August 7, 2012 | By Brian Hamilton
LONDON — Through the frantic thrashing in the pool and the supercharged racket at the Water Polo Arena, Adam Krikorian thought he saw his goalie grab the ball. He was sure of it. So the U.S. coach kept his eye on play while pivoting toward officials, signaling for a timeout. His goalie, however, did not have the ball. It was loose in the desperate muddle of Australia scraping to sustain gold-medal hopes, down a goal in a women's semifinal game. And there are five reasons for officials to award a penalty shot in water polo, and calling a timeout without possession is one of them.
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August 5, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON - Exclusions and a red card.   In other words, just another wild women's water polo match between the United States and Italy.   This one was in the Olympic quarterfinals and the U.S. women's water polo team kept its unbeaten string intact with an emphatic 9-6 win against Italy, a long-time nemesis.   Melissa Seidemann had a hat trick and Brenda Villa and Kelly Rulon each scored twice on Sunday night at the Water Polo Arena in Olympic Park.
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August 5, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Talk about fast-forwarding the process. The U.S. women's water polo players were barely out of the pool before questions started coming about a familiar opponent from a far-away land. "Bring it on," said Melissa Seidemann. "Let's go. ... There's a heated rivalry. " Seidemann was talking about Australia. It should be said that Seidemann punctuated those fighting words with a smile and a good dose of laughter Sunday night. She scored three goals in leading the U.S. to a 9-6 victory over Italy at the Water Polo Arena, setting up a semifinal game against longtime rival Australia on Tuesday.
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August 1, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON -- The U.S. women's water polo team gave up three goals in the last three minutes Wednesday and settled for a 9-9 tie with Spain in a preliminary-round game at the Water Polo Arena at Olympic Park. The U.S. (1-0-1) got four goals from Kami Craig of San Luis Obispo and one each from Annika Dries, Courtney Mathewson, Melissa Seidemann, Brenda Villa and Maggie Steffens. The U.S. women, who won their opening game, 14-13, on Monday, scored four straight goals in the third and fourth quarters on Wednesday to take a 9-6 lead.
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June 13, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
There's a number of ways Ryan Bailey could measure his water polo career. He could count medals or victories or even the Olympic Games opening ceremonies he's marched in. But to truly understand how far he's come in his sport, Bailey says you have to look at his sleeping arrangements. "When I first started with the national team, I was still at UC Irvine, a single guy just sleeping on people's couches and hanging out at the pool all day," says Bailey, who grew up in Long Beach.
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August 22, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- It may have been the last shot Brenda Villa will take for the U.S. women's water polo team. She strong-armed it over her head, and when the ball was tipped away the clock ticked off the final second. For the third time since women's water polo became an Olympic sport, the United States won a medal. That's the bright side. It's also the third time the Americans have come agonizingly close to a gold medal but settled for less. The Netherlands won the gold with a 9-8 victory over the U.S. Thursday night at the Yingdong Natatorium.
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May 12, 2003 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
When it came time for the UCLA women's water polo team to defend its NCAA title Sunday, the Bruins went on the defensive. UCLA scored four second-half goals and held Stanford to only three shots on goal in that span to come away with a 4-3 victory in front of 1,307 at UC San Diego. "We gave them a breath of life and they took advantage," Stanford Coach John Tanner said. The Bruins trailed, 2-0, at the half after failing to score on three extra-man situations.
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May 17, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The United States is the only country to have medaled in each of the first three Olympic water polo tournaments for women. And Coach Adam Krikorian relied heavily on that experience Thursday when he selected the 13-woman team for this summer's London Games. Eight of the players Krikorian named have at least one Olympic medal, and attackers Brenda Villa and Heather Petri have three. "We have focused on becoming a team in and out of the water, which will help us in London," said Villa, the U.S. captain and one of 11 Californians on the team.
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February 19, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
The U.S. women's water polo team completed a sweep of the competition to win the Holiday Cup tournament with an 11-8 victory over Canada in the championship match Sunday at Los Alamitos. The U.S. team rallied from deficits in the first and third quarters and outscored Canada, 2-0, in the fourth to wrap up its fifth consecutive victory in the event. Brenda Villa of Commerce scored three goals in the final. A goal by Lolo Silver of Long Beach in the third quarter gave the U.S. a 9-8 lead that it made stand.
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