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Newport Harbor High product nets goal to help Team USA defeat Russia in World Cup opener.
Newport Harbor High alumna Anne Belden was named to the U.S. women's senior national water polo team Sunday.
She's already making a difference.
Belden scored a goal Tuesday as Team USA opened the FINA World Cup with a 14-10 victory over Russia in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Belden, who graduated from Newport Harbor in 2005 before helping UCLA to four straight national titles, was originally named to the travel roster for the senior national team. Belden, 23, was bumped up to the competition roster when two players were unable to make the trip to New Zealand.
The lefty scored on a lob shot with 1:45 left in the third quarter against Russia, helping the United States to what was at the time an 11-6 advantage. Russia didn't get within three goals the rest of the way.