Menon scores twice as USA women reach water polo semfinals


Stanford senior Pallavi Menon scored twice and the United States women's water polo team beat Great Britain, 11-8, Thursday in the quarterfinals of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

Menon, who scored 34 goals during Stanford's run to the NCAA championship in May, helped the Americans overcome an early deficit to beat the Brits.

Stanford grad Amber Oland recorded eight saves for Team USA, which will play Italy in Saturday's semifinals.

"We did a very nice job of scoring the ball on natural goals," USA coach Matt Anderson said. "There were a few times Amber Oland came up big for us and she had some tremendous saves,"

Italy upset Australia, 4-3, to reach the semifinals. The Italians have been outscored, 31-26, in the tournament.

"We came here to get a medal and so far we have succeeded in accomplishing our goals," said American Nadia Dan, who led the team with three goals. "We are going to take this positive energy into the semifinals and work together as a team."

In other quarterfinal matches, Russia edged Canada, 9-7, and host China topped Mexico, 16-8.


Stanford sophomore Andrea Taylor finished seventh overall in the 200 fly Thursday, racing a 2:12.94 in Shenzhen, China.

Taylor, a two-time All-American, owns the seventh fastest time in Cardinal history in the 200 fly.

Stanford's Curtis Lovelace finished 2nd in the 50 breast.

At the Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru, Stanford freshman Erich Peske finished fourth overall in the 100 fly. He swam 54.06.

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Stanford's Coordinator of Recreational Facilities Tim Ghormey coaches the USA team at the World University finals and had MIT grad Rene Chen reach the finals.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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