Berggren, Neushul help USA water polo advance in Gwangju


Madison Berggren and Jamie Neushul each recorded a hat trick, and, combined with fabulous defensive work, propelled the United States to its biggest win of the World University Games, an 11-2 rout of China on Friday in Gwangju, South Korea.

Team USA will face Hungary for fifth place on Saturday. The United States defeated Hungary on Tuesday, 10-8, behind a six-goal outburst from Neushul.

Natalie Chun
Against China, the Americans raced to a 3-0 lead in the first period, getting goals from Dani Jackovich, Kat Klass and Neushul (1:23).

Team USA converted three of its seven shots in the quarter while Cassie Wyckoff, from Los Altos, stopped all five she faced.

Yu Deng, who scored both of China's goals, put home her first with 4:56 to go in the second quarter before Natalie Chun scored her first two goals of the tournament to put Team USA up 5-1 at halftime. Lin Lin was excluded and Jordan Raney set up Chun for her first goal.

Less than two minutes later, a Huan Wang shot was blocked leading to Cassidy Papa assisting Chun on her second score.

Deng started the third quarter with a goal for China, but the United States would be responsible for the final six times the ball saw the back of the cage on Friday.

Berggren scored her first of three second-half goals at 6:08, Neushul converted another from center tank thanks to Papa at 4:28 and fired home her third unassisted at 1:34.

Three more goals came for the U.S. in the final frame, two from Berggren (5:44 and 2:29) and one from Katie Dudley with 3:17 to go.

China's two goals tied a tournament low. Italy beat France 5-2 in the preliminary round on July 3.

Wyckoff played the entire game in the cage for the United States and made 13 saves.

Men's volleyball

The USA defeated China, 23-25, 25-15, 28-26, 26-24, to even its record at 3-3 at the World University Games on Friday in Gwangju, South Korea.

Stanford's Kyle Dagostino served as libero while Kevin Rakestraw recorded two kills and three blocks.

Women's golf

Stanford senior Lauren Kim shot a 73 and the U.S. Had a round of 146 on the third day of competition at the Naju Gold Lake Country Club on Friday at the World University Games.


Stanford grad and Team USA captain Felicia Lee earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter medley relay on the final day of competition in the pool. Lee is the second Cardinal to earn a medal after rising junior Lia Neal helped the USA 400-meter freestyle relay squad to gold.

It was a tight finish in the 400 medley relay as the top three finishers were within 0.25 seconds of each other. Italy won the finale in 4:00.50, Japan was second at 4:00.61 with the USA closely behind at 4:00.75.

Elizabeth Pelton (1:00.53), Lilly King (1:08.02), Lee (58.15) and Shannon Vreeland (54.05) made up the bronze-medal winning crew.

In the United States, a one-hour swimming and diving recap show will air on ESPNU on July 16.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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