By Paul D. Bowker | June 10, 2016, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Maggie Steffens competes in the women's water polo preliminary round at the 15th FINA World Championships at Piscines Bernat Picornell on July 21, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

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In its final major international competition prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team is aiming for a top finish in the FINA World League Super Final this weekend in Shanghai. Team USA won six of the last seven World League Super Finals, taking third behind China and Russia in 2013.

Going undefeated in group play, the United States won its first two matches over Brazil and Canada by a combined 31-10, including 20-2 against Brazil in the tournament opener Tuesday, before holding off Spain 12-10 on Thursday.

The quarterfinals are Friday, followed by the semifinals Saturday and the medal round Sunday.

Playing on her birthday, goalkeeper Sami Hill had 12 saves in an 11-8 win over Canada on Wednesday. Maddie Musselman scored a game-high six goals in the win over Brazil.

The 14-person U.S. roster includes team captain Maggie Steffens, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist. Thirteen of the U.S. athletes were on the squad that locked down an Olympic berth in the Olympic Qualification Tournament in March in the Netherlands. The 14th is Alys Williams, a defender who was added to the roster.

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Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.