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McNealy advances to match play in U.S. Amateur golf

 

Stanford junior Maverick McNealy bounced back from a so-so first round and rallied to make the cut at the U.S. Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Olympic Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.

After shooting a 2-over 72 in Monday's opening round, the Portola Valley resident needed a low score to make the cut. The NCAA Player of the Year in men's golf responded with an even-par 70 to finish in a tie for 36th at 142 as assure himself one of 64 berths for match play.

McNealy will be back on the course Wednesday to begin stroke play following an 18-player playoff for 10 spots. That group shot 143 and includes Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, who made the cut with a 72-71 effort that tied him for 55th.

Garrick, however, was eliminated in the playoff on Wednesday morning.

Men's basketball

Dustin Johnston has joins the Menlo College staff for 2015-16 as the Oaks' lead assistant coach.

Johnston will help advance the Menlo program in all phases. He will coordinate recruiting, student athlete development, opponent scouting, fundraising, and travel.

Johnston comes to Menlo from Saint Leo University in Florida where he was an assistant coach last season. Prior to his time at Saint Leo, he coached at his Alma Mater, Trinity International in Deerfield, Ill.

Volleyball

Outside hitter Jordan Ewert, an incoming Stanford freshman from Antioch, had 10 kills and one block as the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team (4-0, 10 points) finished pool play undefeated with a sweep of Argentina (3-1, 8 points), 25-20, 26-24, 25-23, on Tuesday at the 2015 FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship in Argentina.

The 4-0 start is a historic mark for the Boys' Youth National Team, as no U.S. BYNT has ever made it through pool play undefeated. The U.S. team is the No. 1 seed from Pool A going in to the final Round of 16, and will play Mexico on Wednesday.

Head coach Ken Shibuya, an associate head coach at Stanford, believes that the team is playing its best volleyball.

"This was our most complete match," Shibuya said. "We've been getting better and better as a team and it is nice that it came in the most difficult of scenarios: Playing for first in the pool against the undefeated home team in an absolutely crazy environment. We have big time players that play their best when everything is on the line."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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