Stanford sophomore Alex Bowen scored twice but the USA men's national water polo team fell to Hungary, 8-6, in the semifinal round of the FINA World League Super Final on Saturday in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
The Americans meet Montenegro in Sunday's bronze medal match. Hungary and Serbia play for the gold. Montenegro beat the U.S., 9-4, during preliminary play earlier in the week.
Hungary scored the game's first four goals and never trailed, although the U.S. closed to within 5-4 with 3:43 left in the third period on a Bowen goal. Hungary scored the next two goals and maintained its advantage the rest of the way.
The Americans were held scoreless the first 9:22 of the match. That's when Bowen connected on his first goal. Stanford grad Janson Wigo scored with less than a minute to play in the first half to close the gap to 4-2.
The U.S. also went without a goal for an 8:43 span of the second half.
Stanford grads Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji helped the United States men's national volleyball team sweep two matches from France over the weekend in FIVB World League action at the Tulsa Convention Center.
Team USA rallied from a set down to beat the French, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9, on Saturday night.
On Friday night, Kawika Shoji helped the U.S. to a superior kill percentage and a 25-15, 29-27, 25-16 victory.
The United States (3-1 in Pool A) returns to the court in two weeks, hosting Bulgaria in Reno on June 28 and 29.
On Friday, the U.S. led in kills (45-29), in blocks (10-3) and in aces 3-2. Shoji helped the U.S. to a .541 kill percent and a .435 hitting efficiency while France's kill percent was 30.2 and its hitting efficiency was .115. The U.S. scored 24 points on France's errors while they committed 20.
"In the beginning, our serving was a little rough; we had a lot of errors," U.S. team captain Matt Anderson said. "But when we put the ball in we put pressure on them. Our block was huge tonight. I don't remember very many balls that got past us without being touched."
Anderson, who was named Player of the Match for the second straight World League match, led all scorers with 22 points on a match-high 17 kills (65.4 kill percent, .615 hitting efficiency), three blocks and two aces.
Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer, in his first season as assistant coach for the U.S., made his debut as head coach on Friday for John Speraw, who plans to return to the team on Saturday after dealing with a personal matter.
"It was an honor to be the head coach and getting a win was great," Fuerbringer said. "I'm already thinking about tomorrow and what we need to do to keep the guys ready. I think we're going to be in for a dog fight tomorrow, so we're going to have to make some adjustments and do better in the areas where we didn't do so well."
Libero Erik Shoji, also a Stanford grad, led the team in digs with eight. Anderson led the team in excellent reception with 24.
Stanford grad Cassidy Lichtman recorded six kills and a service ace in two sets as the U.S. national team downed Brazil, 25-10, 25-20, 25-22, Saturday in the semifinal round of the Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru.
The U.S. meets the Dominican Republic for the gold medal on Sunday. The D.R. downed Argentina, 25-18, 25-18, 25-11, to advance.
The Americans are looking to defend their Pan American Cup title.
In related news, Stanford freshman Jordan Burgess and incoming freshmen Merete Lutz and Kelsey Humphreys will play for the United States women's junior national volleyball team at the FIVB Colleyball Women's U20 World Championship that begins Friday in Brno, Czech Republic.
The Cardinal contingent make up 25 percent of the Americans' roster, which also includes Stanford associate head coach Denise Corlett as team manager. They are joined by three other Pac-12 players in Colorado's Nicole Edelman, Arizona State's Allison Palmer and Oregon's Canace Finley.
The other six players are Florida State's Sarah Burrington, Iowa State's Andie Malloy, Oklahoma's Kierra Holst, Nebraska's Amber Rolfzen, Georgia Tech's Chanell Clark-Bibbs and Iowa State's Caitlin Nolan.
"We have a solid group of players that worked hard for the opportunity to represent their country at the World Championships," USA coach Rod Wilde said. "They are very excited about the chance to test themselves against the best in the world. We will continue to develop as a team throughout the tournament. We have just scratched the surface of the potential in this group and as coaches we are excited to see how far they can go in the tournament."
The Americans trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the final two cuts were announced.
"The team worked very hard here during the time we were in Lake Placid," Wilde said. "We were able to gain some valuable experience working in the new players with the more experienced players. We spent a lot of our time learning about our strengths and weaknesses and will continue to improve on each area. I think that we have a group that will compete and fight hard for each other."
Burgess, an All-Pac-12 pick last season, was named team captain. Along with Malloy, Palmer and Rolfzen, Burgess has appreared in 11 international matches. Lutz has appeared in five matches.
"We have some players that have been to this type of event before and they have been driving the level of play in the gym," Wilde said. "When the players are able to hold each other accountable and keep the intensity up it makes for a much stronger unit. This group has already shown some toughness and resolve that you want to see in a team. It will be fun to go into the arena with this group."
Team USA was expected to arrive in Czech Republic on Saturday and will train the ensuing four days. The Americans will compete in Group C, which also consists of Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Bulgaria.
Team USA opens against Bulgaria, followed by Brazil, Mexico and Russia. All Pool C matches take place in Brno at the SH Vodova Hall.
Stanford grad Rachel Buehler wore the captain's arm band, Hope Solo made her first appearance in four months, Abby Wambaugh scored her 156th career goal and the U.S. national team downed Korea Republic, 4-1, Saturday in an International Friendly at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Buehler was honored in a pre-game ceremony for earning her 100th career cap in March. This was the first home match since then.
Wambaugh scored the game's final goal on a penalty kick, leaving her two goals shy of Mia Hamm's all-time record.
Krisitie Mewis, Lauren Cheney and Carli Lloyd also scored for the Americans (8-0-2), who extended their unbeaten streak to 33 matches.
Team USA plays Korea Republic again on Thursday in Harrison, N.J. Game time is 4:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network.
Stanford grad Nicole Barnhart, who gets credit for the win, started in goal and was replaced by Solo after halftime. Solo made her first appearance since February, recovering from a wrist injury.
The Canadian Development men's national basketball team has completed a sweep of the second set of games at the Four Nations' International Invitational Tournament in Wuqi, China after Friday's 102-61 victory over Latvia.
Canada (6-0) has twice beaten the United States, host China and Latvia. The third round continues Sunday.
Stanford grad and Toronto native Dwight Powell scored a team-high 18 points while adding nine rebounds.
Powell scored 12 points and had seven rebounds in Canada's 86-62 victory over the U.S. earlier in the week.
"We didn't come out as strong as we would have liked," Powell said. "But we stuck with our game plan and came out with the victory."