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U.S. women’s water polo extends dominance with World League title, Olympic berth

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Consider the U.S. women’s water polo team is 127-4 going back to 2015. Then it’s no surprise it became the first nation to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The Americans won a sixth straight FINA World League Super Final title, beating Italy 10-9 on Sunday to grab the first available Olympic berth.

The U.S. hasn’t dropped a game at an Olympics, World Championship, World Cup or a World League Super Final since the 2015 World Championship, which they went on to win anyway.

Next summer, the U.S. women will try to join the Hungarian men and the British men as the only teams to win three straight Olympic water polo titles.

Two of the three youngest players on the Rio Olympic team starred in particular in at the World League Super Final in Budapest.

Maddie Musselman, 20, was the Super Final MVP. Makenzie Fischer, also 20, was player of the match against Italy.

The roster included nine of the 13 Rio Olympians, headlined by Maggie Steffens, MVP of the last two Olympics, and guided by Adam Krikorian, who has been at the helm for a decade.

The U.S. heads to the world championship next month in Gwangju, South Korea, with a chance to become the first male or female team to win three straight titles.

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Team USA zipped out to an early lead on the way to becoming the first nation to win back-to-back Olympic golds in women’s water polo.

Star goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson made eight saves and the Americans again shared the goals in a 12-5 blowout of Italy in Rio on Friday.

Kiley Neushul led the Americans with three goals.

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Makenzie Fischer scored nine seconds into the match, and the United States never looked back in building a 4-1 lead after one quarter.

Federica Radicchi scored twice for Italy in a first half that finished 5-3 for the United States.

Rachel Fattal and Neushul scored to open the second half, and the Yanks rebuilt a four-goal lead.

The Americans have medaled in every Olympics, picking up two golds, two silvers, and a bronze.

Russia beat Hungary for bronze earlier Friday.