Stanford grad Cynthia Barboza recorded 11 points as the United States women's national volleyball team shook off a two-match losing streak to beat the Netherlands Antilles, 25-10, 25-9, 25-5, on Monday night at UCF Arena in Orlando.
"I was happy our team could implement some changes from the Pan Am Cup," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "The goal is to qualify for 2010 FIVB World Championship. I think our team is steadily improving. I am looking for our team to have three good matches and continue to improve."
The Americans play Barbados on Tuesday night in the four-team round-robin event, a third-round qualification tournament into next year's FIVB World Championships.
The Pool G winner earns an automatic berth into the FIVB World Championship, while the second-place finisher advances to another level of the NORCECA Playoff round. Ranked second in the world, Team USA is considered the heavy favorite to earn the qualifier's one berth.
Barbados lost to Costa Rica in straight sets on Monday.
Barboza recorded 10 kills and a block. She also added five digs in the victory. Stanford grad Kristin Richards played sparingly, getting a kill as the U.S. needed less than an hour to complete the victory.
The match drew a crowd of 1,500.
Stanford senior Alissa Haber hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and the U.S. national team never trailed in a 10-0 win over host Canada on Monday night in a game delayed nearly 90 minutes because of rain.
Haber was 3-for-3 with three RBI in the game.
Cardinal sophomore Ashley Hansen was 1-for-3 and Stanford grad Lauren Lappin was 1-for-2 as the Americans (4-0) completed the first half of the round-robin schedule at the Canada Cup in Surrey, British Columbia.
The U.S. plays Australia on Tuesday night. The Americans have outscored their opponents, 32-1, thus far.
Stanford grad Leah Nelson was part of California Goldrush's 2-1 victory over Washington Absolute on Monday as part of the International tournament.
Nelson caught a combined four-hitter from Lindsey Sisk and Cindy Bell as the Goldrush, based in San Mateo, remained unbeaten.
Illinois State grad Amber Smith hit a two-run home run for all the offense the Goldrush (4-0) would need.
Stanford sophomores Sarah Boothe and Nnemkadi Ogwumike will be among the 14 finalists who gather Thursday at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center as part of the United States Unider-19 National team that will compete at the World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand beginning July 23.
The roster will eventually be trimmed to 12, along both Boothe and Ogwumike played for the Under-18 team that won the goal medal at last year's FIBA Americas Championship.
The U.S. will open preliminary round play against Spain, followed by China on July 24 and Mali on July 25.
Former champions of the North & South Men's Amateur Championship include Francis Oiumet, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange and Davis Love III, to name a few.
Stanford sophomore David Chung can now add his name next to some of golf's legendary figures who have won this prestigious amateur event after he defeated Wes Bryan, 4 and 3, in the 36-hole final to win the 109th North and South Men's Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.
Chung, a native of nearby Fayetteville, N.C., was 1-down after the first 18 holes of play on the 7,342-yard, par 71 course. But with a 30-foot putt on the difficult par-4 5th hole for birdie, the tide of the 36-hole final match on Saturday began to turn in his favor.
"I knew I had a really tough match against Wes today," said Chung following play. "You have to hang in there for the first 18, but with the second 18, all that match play raises the level of intensity. It was grueling after three days of 36 holes."