Windes wins a world crown with U.S. team

The Beaverton High grad helps Team USA win its title Saturday

Beaverton High graduate Elsie Windes, now a senior on the Cal-Berkeley women's water polo team, added a World Championship to her long competitive resume on Saturday.

Windes, as a member of the USA National Team, won her title Saturday as Team USA defeated host Australia 6-5 in the finals of the 2007 World Championship at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center. Windes played a little more than 12 minutes in the gold medal match.

The United States went undefeated during the World Championship, winning all six of its matches including three preliminary contests, quarterfinals (10-6 over Spain), semifinals (10-9 in overtime over Hungary) and final. This was Windes' first World Championship appearance.

In the opening match of the World Championship, she notched a goal in the United States' 9-7 victory over The Netherlands.

Windes, a three-time All-American and Cal's lone senior, will now rejoin the No. 4-ranked Bears in their quest for an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007. She will play for Cal in its next home match, on Saturday against No. 11 Arizona State at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Windes has scored 16 goals in 11 matches this season, and has 140 goals in her college career.