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USA men, women splash to opening victories in China

 

Scoring early and often, the United States' men's World University Games team jumped all over Singapore, 17-0, Thursday in the opening match of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

Stanford grads Janson Wigo and Sage Wright each scored three times, while Cardinal grad Drac Wigo added a pair of goals. Chay Lapin and Andy Stevens split time in the cage, stopping a combined 15 shots.

"(A) great start to the tournament," USA's Drac Wigo said. "We can expect a more physical game against Serbia ... but we are ready for it."

The Americans continue preliminary play Friday against Serbia.

The match was never in doubt as the United States scored four times in each the first and second periods. Team USA went 1-of-3 on power plays while Singapore was scoreless in six power plays.

"This is a great start to our trip and tournament," American assistant coach Boyd LaChance said. "With such a strong emphasis on defense in our game plan, we were pleased with the shutout. We look forward to our upcoming bracket games with Serbia and France."

Women's water polo

Stanford senior Alyssa Lo scored three goals, Cardinal grad Amber Oland recorded 11 saves and Team USA stopped Australia, 8-6, in the opening match of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China on Friday.

Lo connected on 75 percent of her shots to lead the Americans, who were 8-of-22 overall. Oland had a success rate of nearly 65 percent in the net.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Adriana Vogt added a goal, while former Gators KK Clark and Pallavi Menon also played.

The U.S. meets France on Friday.

Men's volleyball

Stanford grad Kawika Shoji recorded 26 assists in helping the United States down Mexico, 25-17, 25-23, 25-15, in an opening match of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China on Friday.

Stanford junior Erik Shoji added six digs and Cardinal grad Brad Lawson had seven points on four kills, two blocks and an ace.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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