Stanford grad Andi Murez will be returning home with at least two medals after helping the United States 800 free relay team swim to a gold medal on Saturday at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Murez was one of three locals to swim for the 400 free relay team in its silver medal performance. Gunn High grad Rachael Acker and Palo Alto grad Liv Jensen joined Murez on Tuesday.
Murez led off Saturday's relay team and was followed by Sarah Henry, Chelsea Chenault and Megan Romano.
Palo Alto grad Jasmine Tosky finished second in her heat of the 100 fly in 1:00.35, but could not make it out of her semifinal, where she finished sixth in 1:00.25.
Stanford senior Nicole Gibbs knocked off third-seeded Julia Glushko of Israel, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, in a semifinal of the Yakima Regional Hospital Challenger on Saturday.
Gibbs, seeded eighth, will meet 26-year-old Croatian Ivana Lisjak in Sunday's final. Lisjak beat Storm Sanders, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, in the other semifinal.
Gibbs will be looking for her third career ITF title, though this would be her first as a professional.
Lisjak has won seven ITF titles, but none since October of 2010.
Stanford grad Kawika Shoji came off the bench to provide some spark but it wasn't enough as the United States men's national volleyball team fell to host Brazil, 25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 28-26, on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.
The loss eliminated the Americans (4-5) from FIVB World League Super Final contention. The U.S. and Brazil (8-1), which clinched Pool A's top record, play again on Sunday.
Brazil will advance to the Super Final, to be held in Argentina beginning later this week.
"I think that overall, the match was pretty close, numbers-wise," U.S. team captain Matt Anderson said. "But the energy for most of the match was on the Brazilian side. They had a lot of momentum going into most of the sets."
Stanford grad Erik Shoji, the World League leader in digs per set, added 15 digs to his total against the Brazilians. He was also credited with five excellent receptions.
Kawika Shoji entered the match in the second set and started the third and fourth sets. He was credited with 17 running sets and one fault on 70 attempts. The U.S. finished with a 36.6 kill percent and a .237 hitting efficiency. Brazil had a 43.1 kill percent and a .263 hitting efficiency.
"I was happy with the contributions of Kawika Shoji coming off the bench," U.S. coach John Speraw said. "I thought we played a little better. I was hopeful that we could push it to five, but Brazil played great. They are a better volleyball team than us."
Palo Alto grad B.J.Boyd hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning to give the Vermont Lake Monsters the lead for good in a 6-3 victory over host Mahoning Valley on Saturday in a New York-Penn League game.
Boyd, hitting second and playing left field, has a .344 batting average on the year. Vermont's team batting average is .218.
The win ended the Lake Monsters' three-game losing streak as they improved their road record to 4-11.
Vermont has hit seven home runs in its last 13 games after going homerless for the eight previous contests.