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Stanford grad Fuerbringer plays for beach gold

Team USA advances to quarterfinals of FINA World Championships in men's water polo

Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and teammate Nick Lucena reached the gold medal match of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Quebec Open in Canada with a 21-17, 21-14 victory over Americans Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in Saturday's semifinal.

Fuerbringer and Lucena, who reached their third championship match, meet top-seeded Americans Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers in Sunday's final.

"Now we get to play some more old friends," Rodgers told the FIVB. "Fuerbringer and Lucena haven't played that much together and can be up and down, but when they are up, they can beat anyone in the world, anyone."

Men's water polo

The U.S. national team downed Canada, 17-4, Saturday to reach the quarterfinals of the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.

Stanford grads Peter Varellas, Peter Hudnut and Tony Azevedo each scored a goal in the victory.

The U.S. meets Hungary on Tuesday.

Women's volleyball

The U.S. junior national team defeated Poland, 25-19, 16-25, 29-27, 25-14, Saturday to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals of the FIVB Women's Junior World Championships in Trujillo, Peru.

Stanford sophomore Carly Wopat contributed 10 points on seven kills, two aces and a block. Kelly Reeves led the Americans with 11 kills.

The U.S. meets Korea in the final match of pool play on Sunday.

Men's volleyball

The U.S. national team beat host Great Britain, 25-23, 25-10, 27-25, Saturday at the London Volleyball International Invitational.

Stanford grad Kevin Hansen started at setter and helped the Americans to a .528 hitting percentage.

Evan Patak and Matt Anderson each recorded 10 points to lead the U.S., which meets Brazil in Sunday's finale of the Olympic Games test competition.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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