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Menlo's Morgan earns berth on USA squash team for World Juniors

 

Menlo School junior Gabriel Morgan is one of five players selected by U.S. Squash to play for Team USA at this summer's World Junior Squash Championships held in Eindhoven, Holland.

Morgan also was named a United States Squash All-American, which recognizes players who have reached the highest level in junior tournaments or high school league play.

The World Junior Championships begin with the annual men's and women's World Junior Individual Championships July 26-30.

Morgan, along with Sean Hughes and Spencer Lovejoy, are competing in their first world junior competitions. They join Timmy Brownell and Max Reed, two members of the 2014 junior men's team.

"The Team USA junior men's team have improved steadily over the last few years, and this year is no exception," USA head coach Adam Hamill said. "Everyone on the team has extensive experience playing internationally, including the two returning players from last year's world championships in Namibia."

Awards

Menlo-Atherton recently won the Peninsula Athletic League's Commissioner's Cup for the 2014-15 school year, totalling 302.5 points to break its previous mark of 283.

This is the seventh year in a row for M-A winning the honor, and the eighth time in nine years. Burlingame won it in 2008. The Bears won nine varsity league titles.

"The 18 league titles (including nine sub-varsity) our teams won this year reflects the competitive quality of our sports teams, while the fact that we had no student athlete or coach ejected from a game reflects the high level of sportsmanship present in our sports program," said M-A co-Athletic Director Steve Kryger. "Our teams participated in a myriad of community service activities and raised thousands of dollars for charities/non-profits such as the National Foundation for Cancer Research while our average team GPA was over a 3.25.

The Commissioners Cup is awarded annually to the Peninsula Athletic League school that best exemplifies the league's commitment to sportsmanship and excellence in athletics. Points are awarded to each varsity team in each sport that they participate in, by the order of finish in league play.

Five sportsmanship bonus points are awarded to schools that complete a season of sport without any player or coach ejections on any of their teams at any level. M-A had none, thus earning 15 bonus points.

Women's volleyball

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo is on the 14-player roster for the U.S. Women's National Team for the USA Volleyball Cup against China, which gets under way Friday at the University of Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center. Following a second match Saturday, the four-match series moves to UC Irvine's Bren Center on June 9, before concluding at Cal State San Bernardino on June 12.

The series is a rematch of the 2014 FIVB World Championship in which Team USA defeated China 3-1 in the gold-medal match. The U.S. Women's title was their first triple crown event (Olympic Games, FIVB World Championship, FIVB World Cup) gold medal in program history.

Men's water polo

Stanford junior Bret Bonanni scored four times and Cardinal grad Tony Azevedo added a pair of goals as the U.S. national team downed Serbia, 12-10, at UC San Diego on Tuesday, the first of four in an exhibition series.

The countries play again Thursday at the Riverside Aquatics Complex at 7:30 p.m.

Following the exhibition games, the U.S. travels to Italy for the FINA World League Super Final. The Americans open against Serbia on June 23.

Women's water polo

The USA Women's Senior National Team has arrived in China in preparation for the FINA World League Super Final starting in Shanghai on June 9.

To prepare for the event, Team USA is taking part in the Kunshan Cup in Kunshan, starting play against the Netherlands. Team USA also will take on China before the semifinal and final round of this event.

Head Coach Adam Krikorian has announced a roster of 14 athletes to compete in the tournament, 13 of whom will be selected for the Super Final next week.

The roster includes KK Clark from Menlo Park, Stanford recruit Makenzie Fischer, Stanford seniors Ashley Grossman and Kiley Neushul, Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann and Cardinal junior Maggie Steffens.

— Menlo School Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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