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U.S. men fall in FINA water polo semifinal

USA men knock off world No. 1 Brazil in FIVB volleyball match

The United States men's national water polo team fell behind early and never recovered in Saturday's 8-5 loss to Serbia in the semifinals of the FINA World League Super Final in Florence.

The Americans meet Croatia for third place on Sunday. The Croatians were defeated by host Italy, 13-11, in the other semifinal.

Serbia scored the first three goals of the contest and eventually led, 7-1, late in the third period. Stanford grad Tony Azevedo sparked a comeback try when he scored with 15 seconds left in the third period, the first of four consecutive U.S scores.

Team USA pulled within 7-5 on Ryan Bailey's second goal of the match with 3:01 remaining to play. Serbia answered 13 seconds later for the final score.

A critical turnover in the final two minutes damaged the Americans' chances and the Serbs were able to hold on.

Men's volleyball

For the second time in less than two weeks, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team upset top-ranked Brazil.

The Americans scored a 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23 victory in an FIVB World League match on Saturday night at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa.

The U.S., ranked fifth in the world by the FIVB, improve to 6-4 with 18 points in the World League Pool A of the Intercontinental Round.

The U.S., tied for second with Poland in Group A, closes out pool play July 1-2 against Puerto Rico (0-10) at the Walter Pyramid on the Long Beach State campus.

USA Track and field

Stanford grad J.T. Sullivan finished eighth in the men's 3,000 steeplechase at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday.

Sullivan, a collegiate All-American, completed the race in 8:44.81.

Cardinal recruit Brianna Bain finished seventh in the women's junior javelin throw with a mark of 147-2.

Future Stanford athlete Darian Brooks competed in the men's junior triple jump, going 46-5 1/2 for an overall finish of 21st.

Incoming Cardinal freshman Molly McNamara raced 4:28.94 to finish seventh in the junior women's 1,500.

Stanford grads Lindsay Allen and Sara Hall compete in the women's 3,000 steeplechase Sunday, the final day of the meet.

USA baseball

The U.S. Collegiate National Team had its game with the Holyoke Sox rained out Saturday night.

The CNT travels to Lynn, Mass. to take on the North Shore Navigators on Sunday.

The collegiate team plays at Fenway Park against an NECBL All-Star team Monday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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