USA women lose to Australia at World Cup


For the second time in as many weeks, the United States women's national water polo team lost to Australia.

The Aussie Stingers handed the Americans a 7-5 defeat Wednesday on the second day of the FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Stanford grad Lolo Silver, who scored a goal earlier in the game, had apenalty shot blocked in the late going which would have given the U.S. a lead. Instead, Australia took advantage and secured the win.

Australia beat the U.S. in the championship match of the Six Nations Tournament kast week in Sydney.

In the beginning of the game we seemed a little hurried offensively," U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. "Obviously we struggled to put away some opportunities as well in the first two quarters and that really hurt us. I thought we had plenty of opportunities, we missed a penalty, we missed at least one or two more one-on-ones and we went 1 of 7 on power plays. So we are disappointed with the loss."

American goalie Betsey Armstrong recorded 12 saves on the day.

"She played great and I thought defensively we were good," Krikorian said. "That's two good defensive efforts in a row and now we just need to continue that momentum the rest of the way."

Boys' volleyball

The U.S. Men's junior national team won its pool at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship on Wednesday, beating Mexico, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19, at the Centre-Sportif de Gatineau in Quebec.

The U.S. improved to 3-0 and will likely get Thursday off, advancing to Friday's semifinal round.

"We didn't start out each set very well," U.S. coach John Hawks said. "But I've got to give our guys a lot of credit. We made the necessary plays to get us going. Still, we knew we were going to play a very strong opponent in Mexico. It was a big test for us."

Men's beach volleyball

Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena are scheduled to compete in the main draw of the $380,000 PAF Open, part of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, in Mariehamn, Åland, Finland, which begins Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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