Varellas leads the way for USA water polo

Stanford grad scores three goals in Americans' 14-5 win over Kazakhstan

Stanford grad Peter Varellas scored a team-high three goals in leading the United States men's national water polo team to a 14-5 victory over Kazakhstan Thursday on the second day of the Eight Nations tournament in Italy.

Cardinal grad Thomas Hopkins also scored for the Americans, who shut down the Kazakhstans, 9-0, in the second half.

The U.S. opened the tournament Wednesday with an 11-6 win over Canada. The Americans are schduled to play Germany on Friday, with the semifinals slated for Saturday.

Germany opened the tournament with a 14-9 win over Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

The Americans head to the FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania, which begins Tuesday with a game against China.

The U.S. women's junior national team opened the Four Nations tournament with three wins in Los Alamitos, including Thursday's 12-9 victory over Australia in which Stanford sophomore Kate Baldoni recorded 11 saves and incoming Cardinal freshman Kaley Dodson scored a goal.

The U.S. beat New Zealand, 19-4, and Canada, 10-7 in earlier games.

Baldoni recorded seven saves in goal in the win over New Zealand, while Dodson scored a goal in the victory over the Canadians.

There were no surprises when U.S. Senior Women's National Team coach Adam Krikorian announced the roster for the FINA World Cup competition in Christchurch, New Zealand beginning Aug. 17.

Newly hired Castilleja coach Brenda Villa, a three-time Olympian and team captain, will be joined by fellow Stanford grad Lauren (Lolo) Silver, Cardinal junior Melissa Seidemann and Stanford sophomore Annika Dries as the U.S. looks to win its first World Cup title since 1979.

The Americans open against Russia.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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