Mexico and England draw in women's World Cup action

U.S. women set for Pan American Cup volleyball tournament

Monica Ocampo scored the tying goal in the 33rd minute and Mexico's national soccer team came away with a point after matching England, 1-1, in the first round of pool play at the Women's World Cup in Germany on Monday.

The match at Wolfsburg Arena Im Allerpark drew 18,702 fans.

Stanford junior Alina Garciamendez played the full game in the back for Mexico while Palo Alto's Teresa Noyola subbed in at the 85-minute mark.

The Mexicans had two scoring opportunities in extra time, with one shot blocked and another saved.

"We achieved a great result," Ocampo said. "We are now focusing on the next matches. I am very proud of the goal. We have a very good team and I am very proud of their support during this match."

Mexico meets Japan on Friday. The Japanese edged New Zealand, 2-1, on Monday. Stanford grad Ali Riley plays for the Kiwis.

The U.S. national team opens Tuesday against Korea DPR in Dresden. The match will be televised at 8:45 a.m. (PT) on ESPN, Galavision and ESPN3.

"Korea DPR will be difficult because they are something of an unknown quantity," USA striker Abby Wambach said. "I think this time around we can expect another close game. We just need to take the chances we create."

USA women's volleyball

Stanford grads Foluke Akinradewo and Logan Tom and 17 others are on the 19-player preliminary roster of the U.S. National Team participating at the Pan American Cup that begins Friday in Juarez, Mexico.

The tournament serves as a qualifier for next year's FIVB World Grand Prix. The Americans open with Peru and will also play Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica and Brazil.

The U.S. Women's National Team claimed the bronze medal at last year's Pan American Cup in Mexico and qualified for the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix. The U.S. laced fourth at the Montreux Volley Masters in June.


Stanford senior Bradley Klahn qualified for the main draw of the $50,000 Nielsen Pro Tennis Championships in Winnetka, Ill., and will meet Canada's Philip Bester in the first round Tuesday morning.

Cardinal sophomore Nicole Gibbs is the fifth-seeded player at the Sargent & Collins $10,000 Championships in Buffalo and won't play before Wednesday.

Stanford recruit Ellen Tsay is also at the tournament and will Danielle Rose Collins in the first round on Tuesday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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