By Paul D. Bowker | June 01, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
The U.S. women's water polo team strategizes at the FINA World League Super Final on May 31, 2018 in Kunshan, China.

 

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The USA Water Polo Women’s Senior National Team is going after another World League championship this week in Kunshan, China.

Team USA has won four consecutive FINA World League Super Finals – matching its string from 2009-12 – and 11 overall. The U.S. women are also reigning champions at the Olympic, world championship, World Cup, intercontinental and Pan American Games levels.

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The U.S., which won its first three matches this week by a combined score of 36-16 against Japan, Canada and Russia, plays Friday in the semifinal round. The championship game is set for Saturday.

The U.S. routed Australia 12-1 in Thursday’s quarterfinal, setting up a rematch with Russia in the semis. Team USA beat Russia 10-7 in the Group B finale on Wednesday.

The team includes two-time Olympic gold medalists Maggie Steffens and Melissa Seidemann. Rachel Fattal, who made her Olympic debut at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, scored six goals in the first two games. Olympic champions Aria Fischer, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Ashleigh Johnson and Kiley Neushul are also on the squad.

Steffens is team captain.

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