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Olympics: Mikulak, U.S. men fall short

Corona del Mar High grad falters on floor exercise to help Team USA miss medal and finish fifth in team final.

July 30, 2012

On Sunday, Newport Harbor High product April Ross, alongside Jennifer Kessy, won their opening match in Group D, 21-11, 21-18, over Ana Gallay and Virginia Zonta of Argentina.

Ross had nine kills, four digs, three aces and one block.

May-Treanor and Walsh won their opener on Saturday, 21-18, 21-19, over Australia's Natalie Cook and Tamsin Hinchley. May-Treanor had 14 kills, 14 digs and one ace serve in the match.

Ross and Kessy face Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands in Group D action Tuesday.

May-Treanor and Walsh are back in action on Wednesday against Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger of Austria in another Group C clash.

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MEN'S WATER POLO

UC Irvine alums Ryan Bailey and Tim Hutten each scored a goal as the U.S. Olympic men's water polo team held off Montenegro, 8-7, in group play Sunday.

The next opponent for the Americans is Romania Tuesday at 11:40 a.m. (PT).

Bailey's power-play goal with 1:32 left in the first quarter tied the game at 1-1 and Hutten's goal with 7:32 remaining in the second period put the U.S. up, 2-1.

Peter Varellas led the Americans with three goals and Tony Azevedo's goal with 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner as Montenegro's Vladimir Gojkovic scored with 46 seconds remaining to make it a one-goal game.

Bailey is one of the first two male athletes (along with Azevedo) in USA water polo history to compete in four Olympics. UCI alum Jeff Powers is making his third appearance in the Olympics and Hutten his second. They were members of the 2008 U.S. squad that won silver in Beijing.

MEN'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Costa Mesa resident Jake Gibb and Corona del Mar resident Sean Rosenthal were defeated in men's volleyball action on Monday, 21-17, 21-18, by the Polish pair of Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel.

Rosenthal had 20 kills, 10 digs and two aces, while Gibb totaled six digs, five kills, three blocks and two aces.

In their opening match, Gibb and Rosenthal defeated South Africans Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt, 21-10, 21-11, on Saturday.

Rosenthal had 19 digs and nine kills in the victory, while Gibb collected 15 kills, four digs and three blocks.

Gibb and Rosenthal continue in Group D on Wednesday, when they will square off against Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins of Latvia.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

The U.S. men's volleyball team opened defense of its Olympic gold medal with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 win over Serbia Sunday.

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