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.
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.