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USA men crushed by Serbia in World Cup

Stanford women will play for fifth place in USAWP 20-Under Championships

Stanford grads Tony Azevedo and Peter Varellas did their part by scoring two goals each, but it wasn't close to being enough as the USA Men's Senior National Team dropped a 17-9 water polo decision to Serbia on the second day of the FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania on Wednesday.

The Americans will take a 1-1 record into their scheduled match Thursday against Croatia.

In addition to Azevedo and Varellas, the U.S. got two goals from Michael Sharf.

Team USA grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Tim Hutten, but after that it was all Serbia. The Serbians ran off three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead after the first. The United States got to within 4-2 in the second quarter on goal by Ryan Bailey, but Serbia again answered with two straight scores for a 6-2 halftime lead.

Serbia put the game away in the third quarter by building a 10-3 lead. The fourth quarter saw a combined 13 goals scored, six by Team USA.

The U.S. converted only four of 14 power-play goals while Serbia made six of seven.

"Defensively, we never got into the game and we cannot beat anyone playing defense like that," USA coach Terry Schroeder said.

Women

Stanford saw its hopes of defending its water polo title at the USAWP Women's 20-under National Championships in Orange County end on Wednesday following a 6-4 loss to SoCal Black at Capistrano Valley High. That came on the heels of an 8-5 victory over Diablo at JSerra High School earlier in the day.

Stanford bounced back Thursday morning to beat San Diego Shores, 10-4, to earn a berth in the fifth-place match later in the day.

Stanford team members include Tara Murao, Alexis Lee, Alyssa Lo, Cassie Churnside, Jillian Garton, Kaitlyn Lo, Kate Baldoni, Lizzie Abbott, Monica Coughlan, Caroline Hansen, Pallavi Menon, Vee Dunlevie, Julia Peters and Victoria Kennedy.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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Posted by john
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm

maybe this says something about me, but... I have no idea what FINA stands for and only understood this was about Water Polo by reading this credits at the bottom. Is this normal for an article like this?


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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

What sport is this article about? Should that be obvious?


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Posted by Serbia
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Any sport that Serbia is good at can't be very interesting.


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Posted by Shame
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm

LOL then if any sport serbia is a good cant be interesting then you shouldn't be watching sports since serbia is pritty damn good at most sports.


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Posted by ALEX
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm

LMAO What a stupid comment Serbia has some of the best athletes in the world THERE ISN'T A PROFESSIONAL SPORT THAT SERBIA ISN'T GOOD IN LOOK AT THE BASKETBALL, SOCCER, WATTER POLO, AMERICAN FOOTBALL JUST TO NAME A FEW THERE ARE SERBIAN PLAYERS AND COACHES IN ALMOST EVERY SPORT.


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Posted by Polo fan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

Tony Azevedo is America's Michael Jordan of water polo....if you don't know who he is....why bother reading this? The sport is mentioned, too.


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