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Azevedo scores five for U.S. men's water polo team at FINA World Championships

Hansen sets U.S. men to volleyball win over Egypt

Stanford grad Tony Azevedo scored five goals as the United States men's national water polo team beat South Africa, 20-3, Friday at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.

The victory clinched third place in group D and a date with Canada on Sunday in preliminary round play. The Canadians finished second in group C.

The Americans took out their frustrations on South Africa after losing twice to open group play. Stanford grads Peter Varellas and Layne Beaubien each added a pair of goals as the U.S. remains in contention for a spot in the medal round.

The U.S. scored the game's first eight goals and 16 of the first 17 to establish its dominance. The Americans converted eight of their nine power plays.

Crew

Stanford grad Grace Luczak and teammate Felice Mueller reached the finals of the Woman's pair competition at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

Luczak and Mueller won their semifinal race on Friday, completing the course on the Bosbaan in 7:15.00, nearly two seconds ahead of Australia.

Luczak, who also competed in the women's eight for the U.S. along with fellow Cardinal Erika Roddy, was a member of the women's four team that won the bronze medal last year in New Zealand.

The U.S. women's eight finished third in the preliminary race for lanes, crossing in 6:22.41, behind New Zealand, which features Stanford junior Anna Dawson, and Canada. Stanford grad Michelle Vezie rowed for Great Britain, which finished fourth.

Men's volleyball

Stanford grad Kevin Hansen made his first start of the season for the U.S. national team in a 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Egypt at the London International Invitational on Thursday.

The Americans (1-1 in the competition) meet Mexico (0-2) on Friday at the Olympic Games test event

Hansen, at setter, scored a pair of points on a block and a kill, and helped the Americans record a .590 hitting percentage and a 62.1 kill percentage.

Beach volleyball

Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and teammate Nick Lucena advanced at the $280,000 Swatch Quebec Open Jeep in Canada with a 21-19, 21-13 victory over China's Peng Gao and Cheng Chen on Thursday.

The seventh-ranked duo was one of eight American teams to remain in contention following the first day of double elimination play.

Fuerbringer and Lucena also beat Denmark's Bo Soderberg and Anders Lund Hoyer, 21-16, 21-13 and will meet Germany's second-ranked Jonathan Ermann and Kay Matysik on Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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