November 2, 1995 |
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.
August 5, 2012 |
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.
August 1, 2012 |
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.
June 13, 2012 |
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.
August 7, 2012 |
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.
August 9, 2012 |
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.