07/30/2012 11:50 EDT | Updated 09/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Spain wins women's Olympic water polo debut, downing China 11-6

LONDON - The Spanish women's water polo team made the most of its Olympic debut, using a balanced attack to beat China 11-6 at the London Games.

Anni Espar scored three times, while a trio of players — Pilar Pena Carrasco, Maica Garcia and Jennifer Pareja — each scored two twice Monday for Spain.

With some sharp outside shooting, the Spaniards broke open a 4-4 game in the second quarter with a five-goal run to take control halfway through the third quarter.

Ma Huanhuan led China, which placed second at last year's world championship, with three goals.

The win puts Spain atop Group A, which also includes Hungary and the United States.