Kerri Walsh Jennings serves during the women's beach volleyball gold-medal match at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 8, 2012 in London, England.
The U.S. women’s volleyball team has a rare home tournament this weekend in Southern California, and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings returns to the beach with a new partner in April Ross. The men’s soccer team will continue play in the Gold Cup, U.S. gymnasts will be competing for spots in the national championships, wrestlers will be in action in Colorado and several American collegiate athletes are having success at the World University Games in Russia. Check out all of the action in this edition of the Team USA Weekend Preview.
FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam, July 10-14, Gstaad, Switzerland
Competing for the first time since the arrival of daughter, Scout, Kerri Walsh Jennings took to the beach with new partner April Ross in the FIVB Volleyball Grand Slam. Walsh Jennings, who won three Olympic titles with Misty May-Treanor, is now hoping she and Olympic silver medalist April Ross can be a force at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
Ross and Walsh, and fellow Americans Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat each finished with 3-0 records in pool play to advance to the elimination round Friday. Ross and Walsh, seeded No. 10, finished off their 3-0 run with a 19-21, 21-10, 15-9 victory over No. 7 Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg Salgado of Brazil. Also advancing through pool play were the U.S. teams of Summer Ross and Emily Day, and Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar.
Three U.S. men’s teams held top spots after the first day of main draw play Thursday at the Gstaad Grand Slam, and four women’s teams advanced through pool play.
Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, seeded No. 4, and Todd Rogers and Ryan Doherty, seeded No. 20, held the two top spots in Pool D. Dalhausser and Rosenthal were unbeaten after two matches and defeated Rogers and Doherty in their opening match, 21-16, 21-15. Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson were atop Pool F with a 2-0 record entering Friday’s action against No. 11 Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of Netherlands.
Also in beach volleyball:
FIVB U19 World Championships, July 10-14, Porto, Portugal
USA Volleyball Cup, U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan, July 12-13, Long Beach and San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
The U.S. Women’s National Team, which is ranked No. 1 in the world, continues the USA Volleyball Cup against the Japan National Volleyball Team Friday at Long Beach (Calif.) State University and Saturday at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano.
The United States began the three-match series with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-33 victory Wednesday in front of a sellout crowd of 3,500 at RIMAC Arena at UC San Diego.
“Tonight was so special for us,” said Kristin Richards Hildebrand, who had a team-high 16 kills. “It was an incredible turnout by our fans. We seldom get to play in front of a home crowd, so it was a special night in feeling all the support for USA Volleyball. I am so proud of our team. Japan was incredible and they showed us they are relentless in coming back in each set. I look forward to another great match against Japan on Friday in Long Beach.”
The USA Volleyball Cup is a new initiative that is expected to annually bring elite women’s and men’s teams to the United States.
Read more about the USA Volleyball Cup here.
Webcast: 7 p.m. PT Friday and 7 p.m. PT Saturday, click here
FIVB World League, U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team vs. Brazil, July 13-14, Rio de Janeiro
The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team faces a pair of must wins Saturday and Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, the city that will play host to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In order to qualify for the FIVB World League Final Round, the United States, ranked No. 5 in the world, must defeat top-ranked Brazil twice and hope for Bulgaria and Poland to split their two matches.
“We need to serve better and we need to make plays,” said team captain Matt Anderson, an outside hitter who leads Team USA with 138 points on 112 kills, 19 blocks and seven aces.
Consecutive losses last weekend in Poland dropped the United States to 4-4 in World League play. Final Round berths will go to the top two teams in Pool A. Brazil is in first place with a 7-1 record and Bulgaria is in second place with a 5-3 record.
TV: 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET July 17 and 18, Universal Sports
Also in volleyball:
U21 Pan American Cup, USA Volleyball Men’s Junior National Team, July 12-20, Costa Rica
CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Cuba, July 13, Sandy, Utah
The CONCACAF Gold Cup opener became a statistical delight for the U.S. Men’s National Team Tuesday night. Landon Donovan became the first national men’s player in U.S. history to reach 50 goals and 50 assists. Chris Wondolowski became the third player to score three goals in a Gold Cup match, scoring all three of them in the first half of a 6-1 victory over Belize.
The United States will hope for more of the same offensive fireworks Saturday in Sandy, Utah, when it plays Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium. The United States is atop Group C based on goal differential.
The United States also will play Costa Rica, a 3-0 winner over Cuba, Tuesday night at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Fox, Univision
USA Gymnastics Men’s National Qualifier, July 13-14, Colorado Springs, Colo.
London 2012 Olympic Games all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva and Olympic teammate John Orozco will be among a large field of gymnasts competing for spots in the P&G Gymnastics Championships at the Men’s National Qualifier Saturday and Sunday. The competition will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Orozco will be competing for the first time since the London 2012 Olympic Games. Also in the field is Sean Melton, a member of the national team. At least 14 gymnasts will advance from the qualifier to the national championships, which will be held Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn.
General Tire World Cup of Softball VII, July 11-14, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Valerie Arioto hit a two-run single in the first inning Thursday, leading Team USA to a quick, run-rule 7-0 victory over Canada on the first night of the General Tire World Cup of Softball VII in Oklahoma City, Okla. Lauren Gibson hit a home run. The game was halted after six innings because of the run-rule requirement.
The United States will resume pool play Friday night with a game against Australia, and will also face top-ranked Japan on Saturday and Puerto Rico on Sunday. The championship and third-place games will be played Sunday night.
TV: 8 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN; 9 p.m. Saturday, ESPN; 1 p.m. Sunday, ESPN; 9 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2
Keep Olympic Wrestling Duals, July 13, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Two-time NCAA champion Chris Pendleton and 2011 NCAA champion Dustin Kilgore will be among the U.S. wrestlers competing in the Keep Olympic Wrestling Duals Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The event also features wrestlers from Canada, Kazakhstan and Chile.
Pendleton, a former Oklahoma State University wrestler, will compete at 96 kilograms/211.5 pounds. He was runner-up at the 2013 World Team Trials. Kilgore, formerly of Kent State, will compete at 120kg/264.5 against 2012 Olympian Daulet Shabanbay of Kazakhstan. Other U.S. wrestlers: Frank Perrelli, 60kg/132; Chase Pami and Phillip Simpson, 66kg/145.5; Moza Fay, 74kg/163; Clayton Foster, 84kg/185; Ryan Flores, 120kg/264.5.
Grand Prix of Spain, July 13, Madrid, Spain
Elena Pirozhkova and Adeline Gray, both 2012 world champions, will be among six U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers competing Saturday at the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid. Pirozhkova, a 2012 Olympian, will compete at 63 kilograms (138.75 pounds) and Gray will wrestle at 72kg (158.5 pounds). Other U.S. wrestlers competing include: Alyssa Lampe, 48kg/105.5; Jessica Medina, 51kg/112.25; Helen Maroulis, 55kg/121; Tamyra Mensah, 67kg/147.5.
Also in wrestling:
FILA Junior Pan American Championships, July 12-14, Santiago, Chile
Samsung World Cup, July 12-14, Lucerne, Switzerland
Seven U.S. rowers, including John Graves in men’s singles sculls, will try to earn berths on the U.S. National Team for the World Rowing Championships at the Samsung World Cup this weekend. The event in Lucerne, Switzerland, is the third and final World Cup of the year.
A top-four finish in men’s single sculls, lightweight women’s double sculls, women’s double sculls and women’s pair would earn qualification for the worlds. Graves, a ninth-place finisher at the last World Cup in London, is among 24 men’s single sculls competitors.
Other U.S. rowers include 2012 Olympian Kristin Hedstrom and Kate Bertko in women’s lightweight double sculls, Ellen Tomek and Meghan O’Leary in women’s double sculls, and Meghan Musnicki and Taylor Goetzinger in women’s pairs.
Also in rowing:
USRowing Club National Championships, July 10-14, Camden, N.J.
CanAmMex Regatta, July 12-13, Oklahoma City, Okla.
US National Target Championships and US Open, July 10-14, Hamilton, Ohio
Four-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig and two-time Olympian Brady Ellison are among those shooting for national titles this week in Hamilton, Ohio, at the 129th US National Target Championships. The competition, which began Thursday with preliminary rounds, also serves as the qualification rounds for the US Open, which will be held Saturday.
Ellison led Thursday’s qualification round in men’s recurve, followed by 2012 Olympian Jacob Wukie. Miranda Leek, a 2012 Olympian, was runner-up to Chinese Taipei’s Tan Ya-Ting in women’s recurve. Erika Jones was atop the qualification standings in women’s compound.
TRACK & FIELD
IAAF World Youth Championships, July 10-14, Donetsk, Ukraine
Ky Westbrook, the daughter of former NFL wide receiver Michael Westbrook, won the women’s 100-meter race to lead a U.S. haul of six medals Thursday at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine. Ky Westbrook’s win was the first gold of the worlds for the United States.
Other U.S. medal winners Thursday included Ariana Washington, silver, women’s 100; Dior Hall, silver, women’s 100 hurdles; Mikiah Brisco, bronze, women’s 100 hurdles; Isaiah Moore, bronze, men’s long jump; Ashlie Blake, bronze, women’s shot put.
USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships, July 11-14, Olathe, Kan.
William Platts demolished the listed 85-89 age-group pentathlon world record by more than 1,600 points while 2000 Olympian Kip Janvrin bettered the world record in the 45-49 age group.
Platts used an American pentathlon record in the javelin to help bring his total to 4,624 points, which was ahead of the previous world record of 3,003 points set by Jan Konarik of the Czech Republic in 2002. The winner of an astounding 13 Drake Relays titles in the decathlon, Janvrin had little trouble in defeating both the American and world records Thursday. His total of 4,079 was well ahead of the listed world age group record of 3,820 set by Thomas Stewens of Germany in 2012.
Five Olympians and 30 reigning world masters indoor and outdoor champions are among the more than 1,000 athletes ages 30-95+ competing in Olathe for the 2013 USA Maters Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Competition continues Friday and will run through Sunday.
USA Synchro U.S. Open, July 9-13, Irving, Texas
Competition in the senior and junior divisions will highlight the final two days of the USA Synchro U.S. Open Synchronized Swimming Championships in Irving, Texas. Competition will include team, duet and solo events at the North Lake College Natatorium. Among those on the U.S. Open National Team: Morgan Boneberg, McKinzie Chelberg, Elizabeth Davidson, Alyssa Hoying, Jamie Kuchan, Isabella Park, Jasmine Pulido, Sarah Rodriguez, Alexa Tchekmarev, Claire Wang.
ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, July 13, Den Haag, Netherlands
Elite triathlete Branden Rakita is among 28 U.S. athletes who will compete Saturday in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Den Haag, Netherlands. Rakita placed ninth at the 2012 worlds and will compete in the elite race. The other 27 American entrants are in the age-group categories.
The elite and age-group course consists of a 1-kilometer swim, 26-kilometer bike race and 9-kilometer cross country run along the beach featuring steep hills and stair climbs.
Subaru Cup, USA Cycling Pro XCT, July 13, Mt. Morris, Wis.
Jeremiah Bishop leads 2012 Olympian Todd Wells by just 60 points entering the Subaru Cup Saturday in Mt. Morris, Wis. The race is a part of the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT). There are two events remaining in the tour series.
Also in cycling:
Tour de France, June 29-July 21, France
TV: 8 a.m.-11 a.m. ET Saturday and 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network
U.S. Grand Prix of Sprinting, USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC), July 12-13, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Boise Twilight Criterium, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), July 13, Boise, Idaho
Snowshoe Mountain Pro GRT, July 13-14, Snowshoe, W.Va.
Lanzarote International Tournament, July 12-14, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The USA Basketball U19 Women’s National Team will play Australia Friday in the Lanzarote International Tournament in the Canary Islands. The tournament is a preparation for the FIBA U19 World Championships, which begin July 18 in Lithuania. Team USA also will play Spain Saturday and Canada Sunday in Lanzarote.
Junior Pan American Championships, July 11-14, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A U.S. team of 18 is competing in the Junior Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eight junior boys and five junior girls are among the athletes, including George Truong, 60kg, who trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The U.S. team also includes five cadet athletes.
Also in judo:
IJF Grand Prix, July 13-14, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
IBSA Pan American Championships, July 13, Colorado Springs, Colo.
U20 Nations Cup, July 11-21, Nottingham, England
The USA Rugby AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans squad will play South Africa on Sunday in their second game at the U20 Nations Cup in Nottingham, England. The United States lost its opening game Thursday, 15-25, to Canada. The United States will also play England on Wednesday. The finals are scheduled for July 21.
U.S. Men’s National Team, Australian tour, July 6-14, Australia
The U.S. men’s national team will finish off its six-game Australian tour by playing the Combined State Institute Team on Saturday and Sunday. The United States is preparing for the Pan American Cup, a World Cup-qualifying tournament that will be held in August in Canada.
Makar Mazai Memorial, July 10-13, Mariupol, Ukraine
Cam F. Awesome (super heavyweight), Michael Hilton (heavyweight), Malik Jackson (flyweight) and Leroy Davila (light flyweight) advanced to the medal round of the Makar Mazai Memorial with victories Thursday in Ukraine. Davila has already advanced to Saturday’s championship bout. Awesome, Hilton and Jackson have semifinal-round bouts Friday. In all, 10 U.S. athletes competed in the tournament. Other competing nations include Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Moldova and Azerbaijan.
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, July 11-20, Limassol, Cyprus
Twelve U19 sailors will represent the United States at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Cyprus. Competing for the United States: Addison Hackstaff, Laser Redial one-person boys’ dinghy; Haddon Hughes, Laser Redial one-person girls’ dinghy; Wade Waddell and Henry Fernberger, International 420 two-person boys’ dinghy; Casey Klingler and Fiona Walsh, International 420 two-person girls’ dinghy; Quinn Wilson and Dane Wilson, 29er open high-performance dinghy; Maximo Nores, R5-X boys; Marion Lepert, R5-X girls; Ravi Parent and Sam Armington, multihull.
Also in sailing:
Women’s International Match Race Series, July 11-14, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Grand Prix, Lingen CDI4*, July 11-14, Lingen, Germany
U.S. dressage riders David Blake, Kathleen Raine and Guenter Seidel begin their European tour this week in Germany at the Grand Prix Lingen CDI4*.
PABCON Youth Championships, July 7-12, Ponce, Puerto Rico
The Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Youth Championships finish up Friday in Ponce, Puerto Rico, with masters competition. The U.S. boys’ and girls’ teams both won team championships Thursday. The boys’ team rolled up a 293-pin margin to claim gold. a third-place position to claim gold with a tournament-best score of 919 in the final game. Mary Wells had a team-best 249 in the final game.
FIRS Inline World Hockey Championships, July 8-21, Anaheim and Huntington Beach, Calif.
Pool play begins Monday in the senior men’s and women’s divisions in the FIRS Inline World Hockey Championships being held in Anaheim and Huntington Beach, Calif. The medal rounds in the junior divisions will be held Saturday.
Also in roller sports:
USA Rink Hockey National Championships, July 13-19, Albuquerque, N.M.
Speed Skating National Championships, July 13-20, Albuquerque, N.M.
Big Dawg World Tour, July 13-14, Fenton, Mich.
The fifth stop on the 2013 Big Dawg World Tour will take place Saturday and Sunday in Fenton, Mich. Greg Badal of the United States won the previous U.S. stop in Mississippi.
USA Karate National Championships and US Team Trials, July 10-14, Greenville, S.C.
Competition will be held through Sunday in the USA Karate National Championships being held at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C. The tournament is also serving as the national team trials for USA Karate.
WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
World University Games, July 5-17, Kazan, Russia.
The USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team was to play unbeaten Canada on Friday in its final preliminary-round game. The United States won its first three games, but lost, 93-84, to Australia on Thursday. Doug McDermott of Creighton University led Team USA with 22 points. If the United States advances past the preliminary round, it would play in the quarterfinals Sunday.
The USA Basketball women’s team advanced to the quarterfinals Friday with a 3-0 record, including a 105-75 win against Brazil Wednesday. Aaryn Ellenberg of the University of Oklahoma scored a game-high 19 points (all in the first half) in the Brazil game. The U.S. women are seeking their third consecutive gold medal at the World University Games.
Michael Alexandrov of the University of Illinois earned the silver medal in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke and Jacob Pebley of Oregon State took the bronze in the men’s 100 backstroke Thursday. U.S. swimmers totaled four medals after two days of competition. Friday’s events include the men’s 200 butterfly, men’s 200 backstroke and women’s 100 backstroke.
Meghan Houston of the University of Texas and Laura Ryan of Georgia combined to earn the bronze Thursday in the women’s synchronized 3-meter diving competition. The men’s 3-meter synchro and women’s 10-meter synchro concludes the diving competition Friday.
Tyrell Fortune, an NCAA Div. II wrestling champion at Grand Canyon, earned a bronze medal in men’s freestyle (120 kilograms) on the opening day of wrestling competition Thursday. U.S. wrestlers Friday include David Taylor, men’s freestyle 74kg; Tyler Graff, 60kg; and Micah Burak, 96kg.
The UCLA men’s water polo team will play Saturday in the quarterfinals after finishing in a third-place tie during preliminary round play with a 2-1-2 record. UCLA fell, 7-6, to unbeaten Italy on Thursday. California Berkeley’s women’s team also made it to the quarterfinals, scheduled for Friday.
Vashti Thomas won the women’s 100-meter hurdles in a meet-record time of 12.61 seconds to lead three gold-medal performances for the United States in athletics. Jeneva McCall won gold in the women’s hammer throw and Aurieyall Scott won gold in the women’s 100.
Three U.S. beach volleyball teams secured top-10 finishes Thursday. Lane Carico and Emily Stockman finished seventh in the women’s tournament, and Stevi Robinson and Caitlin Ledoux placed ninth. The men’s team of Will Montgomery and Tri Bourne play for a sixth-place finish Friday.
The fencing competition concludes Friday with men’s team foil and women’s team saber. Among the U.S. fencers in women’s saber is Eliza Stone of Princeton University, a 2013 NCAA champion and a silver medalist at the Pan American Championships.
In weightlifting, two-time Olympian Kendrick Farris will compete Friday in men’s 94kg, and Kollin Mark Cockrell and Ian Wilson will compete in men’s 105kg. Sylvia Hoffman placed 17th Thursday in women’s 69kg with a total lift of 173kg.
TV: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. ET Friday, ESPNU; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, ESPNU
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.