USA men are off to an 0-2 start in water polo series vs. Serbia


The U.S. Men's Senior National Team has two more opportunities to even its exhibition series with Serbia this weekend before heading to Europe. Next up will be a match Saturday at Cal followed by one Sunday at Stanford, both at 3 p.m.

The second game of the USA-Serbia exhibition series was played Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd at UC Davis. The first half of the game was played with FINA's experimental rules with Serbia winning, 15-8. The second half was played with regulation rules that saw Serbia edge the U.S., 4-3.

John Mann led the USA in scoring tonight with a combined total of three goals while Jon Sibley went the distance in goal and had a total of six saves.

Stanford's Alex Bowen and Bret Bonanni each had a goal in the first half and second half, with Cardinal teammate Jackson Kimbell scoring in the first half.

The first half of the game was played with experimental rules, which included a shorter course, a smaller ball, and 5-on-5 play. The highlight of the first half for the United States was a backhand goal from mid-tank by Bowen.

After the half, the pool was reset and experimental play ended. At the start of the third the scoreboard was reset, as well. Serbia scored the first two goals in the third quarter with scores by Sava Randelovic and Dusko Pijetlovic. Mann and Bowen answered for the USA, which left the score tied at 2 after three quarters.

The fourth quarter started off with a goal by Slobodan Nikic. Bonanni responded quickly with another goal. Pijetlovic had the final goal of the game giving Serbia the win.

— USA Water Polo/Palo Alto Online Sports

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