Women's Water Polo
    Trojans On Top Of The World
    Kami Craig won gold with Team USA at the 2010 FINA World Cup.
    Kami Craig won gold with Team USA at the 2010 FINA World Cup.

    Aug. 25, 2010

    They represent three different countries, and competed against one another in the world's premier water polo tournament this year, but three USC women's water polo players were united once again on the same team last week. At the 2010 FINA World Cup, USC's own Joelle Bekhazi, Kami Craig and Sofia Konoukh each earned a spot on the World Cup Tournament Team as the top player from their respective nation.

    Current Trojan Joelle Bekhazi (Canada) was joined by 2010 senior and her fellow NCAA Champion Kami Craig (USA) along with USC grad Sofia Konoukh (Russia) at the close of this year's elite international tournament, held in New Zealand last week. A 2008 Olympic silver medalist, Craig and her United States teammates reigned supreme in the tourney, as Team USA had a powerful showing with help from Craig and went on to topple Australia 6-3 in the championship match.

    Bekhazi, USC's 2010 top scorer who returns to Troy this year as a senior, helped push her Canada squad to a fifth-place finish. She pinned up four goals for the Canadians in the fifth-place game against Hungary in a tense match that went to a penalty shootout.

    And Konoukh, a veteran of the Russian team as a three-time Olympian who still stands as USC's second all-time leading scorer, helped Russia to a fourth-place finish. She has an Olympic bronze medal from the 2000 Games in Sydney.



    For more information on the 2010 FINA World Cup, visit www.fina.org.