Partners
FINA
Astral+Pool
CONSANAT
CCAN
USAS
Aquatic+Canada+Aquatique
USA Water Polo Fourth in FINA World League Super Final
USA Water Polo Men's National Team took fourth place at the FINA World League Super Final
 
Almaty, Kazakhstan - June 17 - The USA Water Polo Men's National Team took fourth place at the FINA World League Super Final following a 7-6 loss to Italy. Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) scored three goals in the loss while Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) went the distance in net stopping 11 shots.

The action was close early on as the match was tied at 1-1 after the first period. In the second Italy surged ahead taking a 4-1 lead before the United States chipped away to close within 4-3 at halftime. Team USA opened the third on the offensive end, tying the match with a goal from Varellas to draw even at 4-4. Italy would answer right back with two straight goals to take a 6-4 lead after the third. In the final period Team USA scored first to make it 6-5 but Italy followed with a score to grab a 7-5 advantage. The red, white, and blue would try to rally, scoring again with time winding down to get the score to 7-6, but would get no closer. Italy came away with the Bronze Medal.

Team USA went 3/10 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties while Italy was 4/6 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties. "We played well enough to win," said USA Head Coach Terry Schroeder. "Putting away the 6 on 5 is vital and the mark of where we are as a team. We have five weeks to fix it."

Game 23: 13:50, Bronze medal game: USA 6 – ITALY 7
(1-1, 2-3, 1-2, 2-1)
Referees: German Moller (ARG), Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ)
FINA Delegate: Gyorgy Martin
Teams:
USA: Merrill Moses – Peter Varellas 3, Peter Hudnut, Jeff Powers, Adam Wright, Shea Buckner, Layne Beaubien, Tony Azevedo 1, Ryan Bailey, Tim Hutten, Jesse Smith 2, JW Krumpholz, John Mann. Head coach: Terry Schroeder.
ITALY: Stefano Tempesti – Amaurys Perez, Valerio Rizzo 1, Pietro Figlioli 2, Alex Giorgetti 2, Maurizio Felugo 1, Niccolo Figari, Valentino Gallo, Christian Presciutti 1, Tamas Marcz, Daniel Premus, Arnaldo Deserti. Head coach: Alessandro Campagna.

Extramen:
USA: 3 for 10
Italy: 4 for 6

Penalties:
USA: 1 for 1
Italy: 1 for 1
 
USA Men Fall To Croatia 11-10 In FINA World League Super Final Semifinals; Will Meet Italy For Bronze
 
Almaty, Kazakhstan - June 16 - The USA Men's National Team fell to Croatia 11-10 in the semifinals of the FINA World League Super Final. Team USA will now meet Italy in the Bronze Medal match on Sunday. Jeff Powers (San Luis Obispo, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF) and Adam Wright (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/NYAC) each netted two scores in the loss. Croatia rallied from a goal deficit at the half to claim the win, making great use of USA exclusions and penalties going 4/7 on power plays and 3/3 on penalty shots.

Team USA got off to the good start taking a 2-0 lead, only to see Croatia rally with scores of their own, three in all, in the first period. The United States kept up with the offensive pace and led 4-3 after the first period. In the second period each team scored three goals apiece and the United States stayed in front at halftime, up 7-6.

In the third Croatia came back with two power play scores sandwiched around a goal from Wright, leaving the match tied at 8-8 after three. In the fourth Croatia put on an offensive show, specifically from Sandro Sukno who scored three goals in the period. Team USA answered with two goals of their own but it wouldn't be enough. Croatia came away with the win 11-10.

Team USA was excellent on the power play, going 6/8 and they attempted no penalty shots. The United States takes on Italy for the Bronze medal, a rematch of pool play where Italy was victorious 7-5. The Bronze Medal match will be streamed live via FINA TV at 1:50pm (12:50am pst) and can be accessed by clicking here.

Game 19: 16:50, Semi final: USA 10 – CROATIA 11
(4-3, 3-3, 1-2, 2-3)
Referees: Daniel Flahive (AUS), Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ)
FINA Delegate: Boukezouha Badreddine
Teams:
USA: Merrill Moses – Peter Varellas, Peter Hudnut, Jeff Powers 2, Adam Wright 2, Shea Buckner 1, Layne Beaubien 1, Tony Azevedo, Ryan Bailey 1, Tim Hutten 1, Jesse Smith 1, JW Krumpholz 1, John Mann. Head coach: Terry Schroeder.
CROATIA: Josip Pavic – Damir Buric, Miho Boskovic 2, Niksa Dobud, Maro Jokovic 3, Andelo Setka, Petar Muslim 1, Andro Buslje, Sandro Sukno 4, Samir Barac 1, Igor Hinic, Ivan Buljubasic, Frano Vican (GK). Head coach: Ratko Rudic.

Extramen:
USA: 6 for 8
Croatia: 4 for 7

Penalties:
USA: none
Croatia: 3 for 3
 

 

 

USA Men Advance to Semifinals with Win over Australia 

Almaty, Kazakhstan - June 15 - The USA Water Polo Men's National Team advanced to the semifinals of the FINA World League Super Final with a 7-5 win over Australia. Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) led the attack with three goals. Team USA will meet Croatia in the semifinal round, a rematch from two weeks ago that saw USA victorious 9-5 in Pasadena, CA. The match will be streamed live through FINA TV at 4:50pm local time (3:50am pst) and can be viewed by clicking here.

In the win over Australia, the United States got off to a great start opening up a 3-1 lead after the first period and leading 5-1 at halftime. Despite a rainstorm that hit the pool in the second period, play continued on. In the third the Aussies battled back holding the Americans scoreless while adding a goal of their own to make it 5-2. In the fourth Australia nearly completed the comeback scoring back to back goals at one point to draw to within 6-5. A tying goal from Australia was disallowed and moments later Team USA would seal the match with their seventh goal to take the contest 7-5.

Team USA went 5/12 on power plays while Australia was 2/8, neither team attempted a penalty shot. "It was a much better game overall," said USA Head Coach Terry Schroeder. "That said we have to do a better job on our six on five, we did do a better job today on the defensive end."

Notes: Team USA and Croatia met twice in Southern California two weeks ago. In the first match at Newport Harbor High School on May 26, Croatia was victorious 8-7. The United States won days later on June 1 at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, CA by a score of 9-5. Team USA last won a medal at the FINA World League Super Final in 2008 when they took Silver.

Game 13: 14:10, Quarter Final, USA 7 – AUSTRALIA 5
(3-1, 2-0, 0-1, 2-3)
Referees: Joaquin Fernandez Escola (ESP), Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ)
FINA Delegate: Haluk Toygarli
Teams:
USA: Merrill Moses – Peter Varellas 3, Peter Hudnut, Jeff Powers 2, Adam Wright, Shea Buckner 2, Layne Beaubien, Tony Azevedo, Ryan Bailey, Tim Hutten, Jesse Smith, JW Krumpholz, John Mann. Head coach: Terry Schroeder.
AUSTRALIA: Joel Dennerley – Richard Campbell 1, Timothy Cleland 1, John Cotterill 1, Robert Maitland, Anthony Martin, Aidan Roach 1, Samuel McGregor, Thomas Whalan, Gavin Woods, Jamie Beadsworth 1, William Miller, Aaron Younger. Head coach: John Fox.

Extramen:
USA: 5 for 12
Australia: 2 for 8

Penalties:
None
 
 
USA MEN'S WATER POLO: Italy Edges USA Men 7-5 On Day Three Of FINA World League Super Final
 
Almaty, Kazakhstan - June 14 - The USA Water Polo Men's National Team lost their final match of group play at the FINA World League Super Final, dropping a 7-5 decision to Italy. John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) scored two goals in the loss while Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) added 10 saves. Team USA will meet with Spain tomorrow in the quarterfinals.

Team USA opened up a lead early, taking a 3-2 lead after the first period. The following three quarters saw each team exchanging offensive outbursts. In the second period it was Italy outscoring Team USA 3-0 to take a 5-3 at halftime. The United States battled back in the third to tie the game at 5-5. In the fourth Italy surged back ahead posting two unanswered goals to take the match 7-5. Team USA went 2/8 on power plays and 0/1 on penalties while Italy was 1/8 on power plays and did not attempt any penalties.

"We can't give up soft goals. We gave up two one on nobodies. We are working too hard on defense to do that," said USA Head Coach Terry Schroeder.

(2-3, 3-0, 0-2, 2-0)
Referees: Daniel Flahive (AUS), Nenad Peris (CRO)
FINA Delegate: Gyorgy Martin
Teams:
ITALY: Stefano Tempesti – Amaurys Perez, Valerio Rizzo 1, Pietro Figlioli 1, Alex Giorgetti 2, Maurizio Felugo, Niccolo Figari, Valentino Gallo, Christian Presciutti 2, Deni Fiorentini 1, Daniel Premus, Arnaldo Deserti, Tamas Marcz. Head coach: Alessandro Campagna.
USA: Merrill Moses – Peter Varellas, Peter Hudnut, Jeff Powers 1, Adam Wright, Shea Buckner, Layne Beaubien 1, Tony Azevedo, Ryan Bailey 1, Tim Hutten, Jesse Smith, JW Krumpholz, John Mann 2. Head coach: Terry Schroeder.

Extramen
Italy: 1 for 8
USA: 2 for 8

Saves - USA - M. Moses 10

Penalties
Italy: none
USA: 0 for 1
 
 
Almaty, Kazakhstan - June 13 - The USA Water Polo Men's National Team made it two straight victories to open play at the FINA World League Super Final with a 6-4 win over China. Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF) led the way on offense with three goals in the victory. Team USA will meet Italy tomorrow as they close out group play.

Team USA was in control of the low scoring game most of the time opening up a 2-1 lead after the first quarter and a 3-1 lead by halftime. China battled back in the third quarter outscoring the United States 2-1 to draw the score to 4-3 after three periods. In the fourth the United States closed things out with two more goals to take the match 6-4.

Notes: Team USA went 3/8 on power plays while China was 2/4, neither team attempted a penalty shot. The match featured USA team captain Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) taking on his father and former USA Head Coach Ricardo Azevedo, now the Head Coach of the Chinese Men's National Team. Azevedo scored one goal in the match.

(2-1, 1-0, 1-2, 2-1)
Referees: Daniel Flahive (AUS), Roberto Cabral (BRA)
FINA Delegate: Boukezouha Badreddine
Teams:
USA: Merrill Moses – Peter Varellas 1, Peter Hudnut, Jeff Powers, Adam Wright, Shea Buckner, Layne Beaubien, Tony Azevedo 1, Ryan Bailey 3, Tim Hutten 1, Jesse Smith, JW Krumpholz, John Mann. Head coach: Terry Schroeder.
CHINA: Ge Weiqing – Tan Feihu, Liang Zhongsing 1, Yu Lijun, Guo Jungliang, Zhang Jian 1, Li Bin 1, Wang Yang, Xie Junmin, Dong Tianyi, Zhang Chufeng 1, Liang Nianxiang 1, Gu Liang. Head coach: Rick Azevedo.

Extramen
USA: 3 for 8
China: 2 for 4

Penalties
None
 

 

Almaty, Kazakhstan - June 12 - The USA Water Polo Men's Senior National Team opened the FINA World League Super with an 11-8 win over host Kazakhstan. Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) and Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) each scored three times in the victory. Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) went the whole way in net for the win. Team USA will meet up with China tomorrow.

The two squads were even in the first period, tied 4-4 headed to the second. It was in the second period where the United States took advantage, outscoring Kazakhstan 4-1 to claim an 8-5 lead at halftime. In the third it was more of the same with Team USA outscoring the opponent 2-0 to grab a 10-5 lead with one period left. In the fourth the hosts tried to rally posting three goals, but it would not factor in the decision as the United States took the 11-8 victory.

The United States went 7/9 on power plays while Kazakhstan was 5/9 on the player advantage and went 1/1 on penalty shots.

(4-4, 4-1, 2-0, 1-3)
Referees: Ni Shiwei (CHN), Nenad Peris (CRO)
FINA Delegate: Gyorgy Martin
Teams:
USA: Merryl Moses – Peter Valleras 3, Peter Hudnut, Jeff Powers 1, Adam Wright, Shea Buckner 2, Layne Beaubien 1, Tony Azevedo 3, Ryan Bailey 1, Tim Hutten, Jesse Smith, JW Krumpholz. Head coach: Terry Schroeder.
KAZAKHSTAN: Nikolay Maximov – Sergey Gubarev, Nikita Kokorin, Murat Shakenov, Alexey Panfili 3, Alexey Shmider, Vladimir Ushakov 1, Rustam Ukumanov 1, Evgeniy Zhilyayev 1, Mikhail Ruday 1, Ravil Manafov 1, Sergey Gorovoy. Head coach: Sergey Drozdov.

Extramen
USA: 7 for 9
Kazakhstan: 5 for 9

Double extra
USA: none
Kazakhstan: 1 for 1

Penalties
USA: none
Kazakhstan: 1 for 1