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Briefs: Powers scores two for U.S.

Former UC Irvine All-American part of win over Australia in FINA World League Super Final.

June 15, 2012

Former UC Irvine All-American Jeff Powers scored a pair of goals to help the USA Water Polo men's national team defeat Australia, 7-5, in the quarterfinals of the FINA World League Super Final in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Friday.

Team USA will meet Croatia in a semifinal on Saturday, while Spain plays Italy in the other semifinal.

Powers, a two-time Olympian, scored back-to-back goals in the second quarter to give the Americans a 5-1 halftime lead.

Powers has been a member of the U.S. team in the previous two Olympics and is expected to compete in his third Olympics this summer in London..

Former UCI All-Americans Ryan Bailey and Tim Hutten, as well as Corona del Mar High product John Mann, are also members of the U.S. national team. Bailey is expected to play in his fourth Olympics this summer and Hutten his second.

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— From staff reports

Tickets on sale

Corona del Mar High will be the final site of a four-game exhibition series between the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team and Hungary July 8 at 3 p.m.

The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. Tickets for the game are on sale at http://www.usawaterpolo.org.

Team USA, which won the gold medal at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final, is also playing against Hungary to open the London Games on July 30.

The exhibition series acts as a final tune-up for the Olympics. The four-game series starts at Stanford University July 2 at 6 p.m., followed by a match at the USA Water Polo National Training Center in Los Alamitos July 4 at 7 p.m. The match on the Fourth of July will be followed by a fireworks show provided by the city of Los Alamitos.

Before CdM, the teams play at UC San Diego July 6 at 6 p.m.

The U.S. team features former Corona del Mar High standout Tumua Anae, a back-up goalie.

— From staff reports

UCI women add 10

Two players whose names should ring familiar with supporters of UC Irvine athletics are among 10 recruits who will join the Anteaters' women's water polo program for the 2013 season, coach Dan Klatt announced.

Kelsey Thornton, whose brother Brian was an All-American setter for UCI's 2007 NCAA championship men's volleyball team, is a defender out of San Clemente High. Thornton's father, Mike, is the women's basketball coach at Orange Coast College.

Tess de Lange, whose brother Bo was a redshirt freshman on the men's water polo team last fall, is another defender who joins the Anteaters out of St. Mary's High in Stockton.

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