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Of local note: USA women win big in WUG water polo

 
Stanford senior Luke Muller moved into second place at the Finn U23 Sailing World Championship on Thursday, following the fourth race of the competition in Balatonfüred, Hungary. Photo courtesy of Robert Deaves.

Stanford senior Jamie Neushul scored four times, Kiley Neushul added two and the United States women's national team remained unbeaten at the World University Games, beating Italy 16-3 Thursday in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Americans (28-1, 4-0) clinched the Group B title with one match remaining. The U.S. meets Greece on Friday.


Gabby Stone

Luke Muller
Cardinal senior Gabby Stone and Arizona State's Mia Rycraw combined for nine saves. Stanford senior Madison Berggren added three goals, as did USC's Brigitta Games.

The U.S. scored the game's first eight goals and was never in trouble. Berggren scored two of the first three goals, followed by a Jamie Neushul goal to take a four-goal advantage into the second period.

Incoming Stanford freshman Aria Fischer continued the offensive onslaught in the second period. Games followed with two straight goals for a 7-0 lead at halftime.

The United States went 3-of-7 on power plays while Italy was 2-of-7 with neither side attempting a penalty shot.

Sailing

After an idle second day at the Finn U23 Sailing World Championship, Stanford senior Luke Muller moved into second place following the fourth race of the competion in Balatonfüred, Hungary on Thursday.

Muller was in fifth after three races on the first day of competition on Lake Balaton. He ranks behind Argentina's Facundo Olezza, the only Olympian among the 45 racers.

Defending champion Phillip Kasueske of Germany currently resides in 11th place. Racing continues through Sunday.

Men's volleyball

The U.S. Boys' Youth National Team fell to France on Thursday in Bahrain, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20, at the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship.

The U.S. Boys (3-2) will face China (1-4) on Friday. France (4-1) advances to the quarterfinals to play Russia (4-1).

"It was difficult," U.S. coach Sam Shweisky said. "France is a very talented team. Very well coached, very athletic. We knew we were going to be in for a battle tonight."

Outside hitter Joel Schneidmiller led all scorers with 12 points on 10 kills (23 attempts), along with two aces. France led the U.S. in kills (35-25) and blocks (8-1).

"I thought the first set was difficult," Shweisky said. "We didn't respond as well as I hoped in the first set, but by the end of the first set, we started playing with a little bit more determination and focus. Unfortunately, we obviously had some injuries. I thought we fought back in the third, but the injuries and France's overall depth and talent was too much for us to overcome tonight."

(In second set, libero Parker Mikesch left the match with a knee injury and Brandon Browning replaced him. In the third set, Devin Joslyn came down on his ankle and Jerod Nelsen replaced him.)

"We were a little defeated because we didn't have two of our important guys, especially the libero," middle blocker Daniel Matheney said. "We just tried our best to overcome it ... and tried to spark a comeback, but it just never clicked.

Men's swimming

Cardinal sophomore Grant Shoults placed fourth in the 800-meter free at the World Unversity Games in Taipei, Taiwan on Thursday.

Shoults swam 7:53.8, over a second behind Ukraine's Sergii Frolov third-place finish. Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri won the record in a meet record 7:45.76. Stanford grad Chad La Tourette heled the previous mark of 7:47.24, swum at the 2009 Belgrade WUG.

Shoults earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter free earlier ion the week, swimming 3:49.03.

Women's volleyball

Stanford grad and Olympic medalist Foluke Akinradewo is one of four senior national team members who will rejoin the program for two upcoming exhibitions with Brazil at the Anaheim Convention Center Sunday and Tuesday.

Coach Karch Kiraly announced the team’s 14-player roster Thursday.

The U.S. is ranked No. 2 in the world, while Brazil is ranked No. 4. The Americans are 14-11 in their last 25 meetings (dating to 2011) against the Brazilians.

The opening USA Volleyball Cup match on Sunday begins at 4 p.m. and Tuesday's match sill start at 7:30 p.m. and will air live on NBC Sports Network.

Akinradewo is joined by Olympians Rachael Adams, Kim Hill and Jordan Larson. All four are making their season debuts.

The Olympians were given time off this summer from competition to recover from a long 2016 Olympic year and 2016-17 pro club season overseas.

Cardinal grad Carly Wopat was a finalist for the Americans.

In Santa Fe, Argentina, Sierra Buscher had 13 kills, handled 22 digs and recorded four aces in helping Menlo College down host UC Merced, 25-16, 24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13, in a nonconference match Wednesday night.

Moea Kekauoha added 14 kills and 19 digs, Maggie McDonald had 15 kills, and Monica Hruby dished 32 assists and had 11 digs.

The Bobcats visit Atherton at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the Oaks (4-1) home opener.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA water polo

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