Women's Water Polo
    Women of Troy Represent In International Play
    Trojan teammates Joelle Bekhazi and Forel Davies will face off at the Holiday Cup this week.
    Trojan teammates Joelle Bekhazi and Forel Davies will face off at the Holiday Cup this week.

    Dec. 9, 2009

    Five USC athletes had key roles in the U.S. Women's National Team's gold-medal victory at the Canada Cup last week in Montreal. Current Women of Troy Forel Davies and Kristen Dronberger both scored for Team USA, while senior goalie Tumua Anae held court in the cage for the U.S. women. Also punching in goals for the United States in the 8-7 win over Australia were recent USC grads Michelle Stein and Lauren Wenger.

    The USA squad was a somewhat younger group than will be competing in this week's international action at the Holiday Cup in Newport Beach, but the young crew of U.S. players made their mark on international play during the trip. For Trojans Anae, Davies, Dronberger and Stein, it was the first call-up to the full U.S. Senior National Team. Stein tallied the first goal of the day for Team USA in the gold-medal match against the Aussies, and Davies rang in the last goal with the game-winner with just under a minute left in the game. Stein and Davies each finished with two goals, and Dronberger and Wenger each slotted one for the United States, while goalie Anae proved to be a stubborn force in the cage.

    Now with the Holiday Cup starting up on Wednesday (Dec. 10), Davies and Wenger will join forces with fellow Trojans Kami Craig and Erika Figge on the USA roster for this week's competition. There will be Women of Troy capping up for other countries besides the United States this week, too, with Canada and the Netherlands also boasting Trojans past and present. Two-time Olympian and former USC standout Sofia Konoukh is still going strong for Russia. Hailing from Canada are USC junior Joelle Bekhazi and 2009 grad Rosanna Tomiuk, while Dutch goalie Ilse van der Meijden rejoins her Olympic gold-medalist teammates to play for the Netherlands.

     

     

    2009 Holiday Cup
    Dec. 10-13 - Newport Beach, Calif. (Corona del Mar HS)

    Wednesday, December 9
    4:00pm - Australia vs Italy
    5:20pm - Russia vs Canada
    8:00pm - USA vs the Netherlands

    Thursday, December 10
    5:20pm - Australia vs Canada
    6:40pm - Russia vs the Netherlands
    8:00pm - USA vs Italy

    Friday, December 11
    5:20pm - Australia vs the Netherlands
    6:40pm - Canada vs Italy
    8:00pm - USA vs Russia

    Saturday, December 12 (live webcast - www.usawaterpolo.org)
    2:20pm - Canada vs the Netherlands
    3:40pm - Italy vs Russia
    5:00pm - USA vs Australia

    Sunday, December 13 (live webcast - www.usawaterpolo.org)
    12:50pm - Italy vs the Netherlands
    2:10pm - Russia vs Australia
    3:30pm - USA vs Canada