World University Games, Water Polo: China, Serbia Win Gold Medals

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SHENZHEN, China, August 22. WATER polo at the World University Games produced a pair of gold-medal winnings teams after nearly two weeks straight of competition.

China smashed the U.S., 14-4, for the women's gold medal. Ma Huanhuan paced China with four goals, while Zhang Lei had a three-for-three effort to give China more than enough to down the Stars and Stripes. Leah Robertson and Nadia Dan each scored two goals for the U.S. in the loss.

Serbia followed the next day with an 11-8 victory over Russia for the men's gold medal. Marko Petkovic went five-for-seven to lead the way for Serbia. Kirill Novoksenov was the only multiple goal scorer for Russia with a two-for-five shooting effort.

In the women's bronze-medal match, Russia swamped Italy, 18-9. Olga Belova led Russia with four goals, while Diana Antonova and Alena Vylegzhanina each collected a hat trick. Arianna Garibotti led Italy with a hat trick of her own.

Macedonia topped the U.S., 10-7, in the men's bronze-medal match. Sasa Misic and Uros Kalinic each tallied a hat trick to lead Macedonia, while Janson Wigo, Griffin Lerman and John Paul Macdonell paced the U.S. with two goals each.

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