Stanford WPC girls have shot at one medal at Junior Olympics

The girls from the Stanford Water Polo Club will come away from the 2014 National Junior Olympics with just perhaps one medal following another tough day at the world's largest water polo tournament.

The Stanford 16B team, competing in the Classic Division (teams lower than the top 48), took on Lake Oswego in the semifinals at San Jose State on Sunday morning. Stanford (4-3), however, dropped a 14-10 decision -- putting the local girls in the Bronze Division third-place match at San Jose State at 1 p.m.

The 10U co-ed team had the best shot at a medal in the Platinum Division of the championship bracket as it took a 4-0 mark into Saturday's action. But, losses to Northwood (9-5) and Foothill Red (9-6) dropped Stanford into to the fifth-place match against SoCal at Carlmont High on Sunday.

The Stanford 18A girls (5-2) will play for 13th place in the Platinum Division against Huntington Beach at Gunn High at 1:50 p.m. Stanford rallied for a pair of victories on Saturday, against Gulliver Riptides (12-6) and Clovis WPC (10-7).

The Stanford 18B girls (3-4) took on SET Pink for 19th place in the Platinum Division at Bellarmine Prep after falling to Clovis (6-3) and Gulliver Riptides (7-4) on Saturday at Gunn.

The 16A team (4-3) meets Los Angeles WPC for 17th place in the Platinum Division at Menlo-Atherton High at 2 p.m. The 16s split matches Saturday, losing to Riverside (4-3) before beating Team Vegas Henderson (8-4) at Sacred Heart Prep.

In the 14s, Stanford A (3-5) meets Del Mar WPC for 11th in the Platinum Division at Harker School in San Jose at noon. Stanford fell to 680 Red A (13-2) and Commerce Aquatics (8-3) on Saturday at Stanford's Belardi Pool.

The Stanford 14B team (2-4) plays NIPC for 17th place in the Gold Division at West Valley College after losing to Thunder WP (15-5) and beating West Valley WP in a shootout on Saturday.

The Stanford 12A squad (3-4) will face Rose Bowl for 19th place in the Platinum Division at De Anza College.

The top 24 teams in each division of the championship bracket finish play in the Platinum Division while the bottom 24 compete for honors in the Gold Division.

The National Junior Olympics began on July 26 with four days of competition for the boys, followed by a day off and four days for the girls. Some 10,000 athletes and 600 teams competed during that time.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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