Stanford quartet on USA men's water polo team in Italy


Four Stanford men's water polo players will represent the United States at the upcoming World League Super Final in Bergamo, Italy. USA Men's Senior National Team head coach Dejan Udovicic on Monday announced the 13-man roster, which includes current Cardinal players Bret Bonanni and Jackson Kimbell along with alumni Alex Bowen ('15) and Tony Azevedo ('04).

Team USA is in Italy training ahead of the championship where they just completed a three-game exhibition series in Rome. Prior to that, Team USA completed a four game sweep of Serbia in an exhibition series held in the United States. The FINA World League Super Final begins on Tuesday, June 23 when the United States takes on that very same team from Serbia. Australia and Italy will round out group play with the medal round set for June 28.

The United States finished fifth at the 2014 World League Super Final in Dubai with help from Kimbell, Bowen and Bonanni. Bowen scored 13 times in the tournament last year while Bonanni added seven and Kimbell one. Bowen and Bonanni were also on the roster for the 2013 World League Super Final in Chelyabinsk, Russia where Team USA finished fourth.

Stanford was responsible for 20 of the United States' 46 goals in the recently concluded series with Serbia. Bonanni led his nation in scoring, totaling 10 goals over the four games, including four in each of the first and last wins. Azevedo put home two goals in each of the first three games and Bowen rattled the cage once in each of the final three. Kimbell's goal in the tournament closed out the first half in the June 7 victory.

All four were also on the roster when the United States claimed third at the FINA Men's Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach in early April to qualify for the FINA World League Super Final.

Bonanni and Bowen tied for fifth in that qualifier in goals, each scoring 14, while Azevedo was 10th with 13. Azevedo also tied for third at the tournament in both assists (13) and points (26). The United States went 4-2 with wins over Japan (10-6), Argentina (19-8), Kazakhstan (17-11) and China (19-7) and losses to Canada (10-9) and Australia (17-16).

— Stanford Athletics


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