Stanford women claim title at US Open of Water Polo


Coming off a fifth-place finish at the World University Games in South Korea, the Stanford women's water polo team earned top honors at the 2015 US Open of Water Polo that concluded Sunday on Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool.

Stanford, which represented the United States at the World University Games, took home the US Open title with a 14-10 victory over SOCAL while Stanford grad Tony Azevedo helped the New York Athletic Club win the men's title with a 15-12 victory over Golden Bear.

Azevedo was named the Most Valuable Player for the men while Stanford goalie Gabby Stone grabbed MVP honors for the women.

Third place on the men's side saw The Olympic Club edge the New York Athletic Club 'B' for bronze while third place in the women's competition was a battle of the New York Athletic Club as the 'A' team edged the 'B' team 14-13.

Azevedo, who just helped Team USA win gold at the Pan American Games, was joined on the all-tournament team by former Stanford standout Sage Wright of The Olympic Club.

Stone was joined on the all-tournament team by Stanford's Jordan Raney and Jamie Neushul while former Stanford standout Kelley Eaton of the New York AC "A" team also made the honor squad.

In the rest of the women's division, it was Cal defeating SOCAL Black, 11-8, for fifth place and Santa Barbara 805 topping Michigan, 10-8, for seventh. In ninth place, Bruin got past SB Premier, 8-7, while USA Youth National Team defeated OC Riptide, 14-10, for 11th place. Rounding out the standings Rose Bowl Red defeated Rose Bowl Black, 11-5, for 13th place while Diablo took home 15th place.

On the men's side, it was Stanford downing Bruin, 12-10, for fifth place and Alumni topping the USA Youth National Team, 14-8, for seventh place. As for the rest of the standings in the men's competition it was SB Premier in ninth place, Commerce in 10th, CHAWP in 11th, and Foothill in 12th.

Other local players who competed in the three-day event included Stanford grads Jessica Steffens, Lauren Silver, Cassie Churnside and Alex Bowen of the NYAC "A" squads, Menlo School grad Nick Bisconti of Golden Bear, and Stanford grads Paul Rudolph and Janson Wigo of The Olympic Club.

— USA Water Polo/Palo Alto Online Sports

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