Canadian junior teams edge USA in title games

American boys' win NORCECA volleyball opener

The United States' women's junior national water polo team dropped a heart-breaking 8-7 contest to Canada on Monday in the championship match of the UANA Junior Pan American Cup in Pinecrest, Fla.

The teams entered the title match undefeated, as they played to a 9-9 tie in their meeting during the preliminary round.

Stanford incoming freshman Kelsey Suggs and Stanford Water Polo Club's Julia Peters contributed to the Americans' successful run to the championship contest.

Kelly McKee, Hanna Yelizarova and Shae Fournier each scored two goals for Canada.

"I am so happy we won," Yelizarova said. "But I'm especially pleased that we won by playing as a team. We had some difficult games but it was one of our best games ever."

The tournament was a qualifier for the FINA Junior World Championships.

In the men's tournament, Omar Touni scored the winning goal in overtime to give Canada a 9-8 victory over the U.S. The Americans tied the match at 8-8 in the final minute of regulation.

Boys volleyball

Stanford incoming freshman Brian Cook recorded a kill and two aces as the United States men's junior national volleyball team opened NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship play with a 25-9, 25-7, 25-10 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Gatineau, Quebec on Monday.

The Americans continue with pool play against Martinique on Tuesday in a contest that will be aired live on the internet at ssncanada at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

U.S. coach John Hawks emptied his bench during the match, as all 12 players, 11 scoring at least one point, saw action.

Middle blocker Dylan Davis led the Americans with seven points on two kills, three blocks and two aces.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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