Aug. 22, 2008
Men's Water Polo
The U.S. men's water polo team advanced to the gold-medal match with a 10-5 victory over Serbia on Friday. American goalkeeper Merrill Moses stopped 16 shots, including every shot in the final quarter, to help lead Team USA to the gold-medal match for the first time since 1988.
The Americans will face two-time defending gold medalist Hungary in the final Sunday. Hungary looks to become the first team to win three consecutive gold medals since Great Britain last completed that feat in 1920.
The match was tied, 4-4, late in the first half, but Ryan Bailey scored the first of his two goals, handing the U.S. the lead going into halftime. Bailey and Azevedo each scored on power plays in the third, staking the Americans to a 7-4 advantage. Azevedo's goal from two-meters increased the Americans' margin to 8-5 with 4:04 remaining before Rick Merlo scored a power-play goal one minute later.
Team USA faces Hungary on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 12:40 a.m. (PT). The gold-medal match can be viewed live online at NBCOlympics.com and watched on NBC-4 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday (tape delayed).
Track & Field
Monique Henderson ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay for the U.S. during the preliminary rounds as the Americans ran a season-best and meet-best 3:22.45 to advance to the medal final. The relay order has not yet been determined for the final, but Henderson will receive a medal if the U.S. wins one. The final round is slated to go at 5:40 am PT on Saturday.
The U.S. men's volleyball team advanced to the gold medal match after a 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25, 15-13) win over Russia in the semifinals. UCLA alum John Speraw is an assistant coach for the undefeated U.S. team. The U.S., which is assured of its first medal since 1992, will face Brazil in the final on Sunday (9:00 pm PT Saturday).
The U.S. team of Todd Rogers/Phil Dalhausser won the gold medal with a 23-21, 17-21, 15-4 win over Brazil's Marcio Araujo/Fabio Luiz. Rogers/Dalhausser are coached by former UCLA strength coach Bob Alejo.
Jillian Ellis is headed back to UCLA after her team won gold. To read her latest blog, click HERE.
Gold - 3 (Lauren Cheney, w. soccer; Dawn Harper, track & field, 100m hurdles; Mark Hunter, rowing, lightweight double sculls)
Silver - 7 (Andrea Duran, softball; Tairia Flowers, softball; Natalie Golda, w. water polo; Jaime Hipp, w. water polo; Stacey Nuveman, softball; Sheena Tosta, track & field, 400m hurdles; Natasha Watley, softball)
Bronze - 2 (Kim Vandenberg, swimming, 4x200m free relay; Tanya Harding, softball)
Note: Jillian Ellis, Guy Baker and Bob Alejo coached teams to medals. Ellis was an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. women's soccer team. Guy Baker was the head coach of the silver medal-winning U.S. women's water polo team. Alejo was the coach of beach volleyball gold medalists Todd Rogers/Phil Dalhausser. In addition, Jeanette Bolden is the head coach of the U.S. women's track and field team. Coaches are not awarded medals at the Olympic Games.