June 6, 2013
BEIJING, China -- University of Michigan assistant coach Betsey Armstrong posted eight saves in goal to backstop the USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team to 10-9 victory over Hungary in the bronze-medal game at the 2013 FINA World League Super Final on Thursday (June 6) at the Water Cube.
The U.S. squad posted a 4-2 record, losing twice to host China in its first-round and semifinal games -- the former contest in a sudden-death shootout. Team USA earned preliminary wins over Russia, Hungary and Canada before facing the Hungarian team a second time in the medal game. Hungary led the contest, 5-3, at halftime, before Team USA outscored them, 5-1, in the third quarter and kept pace in the fourth to earn the narrow decision.
Armstrong, who recently completed her first season on the Wolverine coaching staff, played three full games in goal, earning wins over Russia and Canada before the bronze-medal victory. She tallied 14 saves in the quarterfinal slate against Canada.
The FINA World League Super Final and the preceding preliminary tournament were Armstrong's first competitions since contributing to the U.S. Olympic team's gold-medal effort at the 2012 London Games. She was in the cage for every second of Team USA's six Olympic victories, earning 53 saves and a .525 save percentage for the tournament. She previously earned silver as goalkeeper for the U.S. team at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Team USA will return to competition at the 2013 FINA World Championships, scheduled for July 21-Aug. 2, in Barcelona, Spain.
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