Some of the world’s best fencers descend on Chicago this weekend for a world cup event. Meanwhile, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross look to continue their hot start to the 2014 beach volleyball season at a tournament in China. All the details from these events and more are in the Team USA Weekend Preview.
World Cup, women’s and men’s sabre, May 2-4, Chicago
Two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis and 2012 Olympians Dagmara Wozniak, Daryl Homer and Jeff Spear lead a group of 59 U.S. athletes who are competing in the Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty Chicago World Cup for women’s and men’s sabre. Zagunis, who is ranked No. 2 in the world, has medaled individually at three world cup events this season.
The tournament begins Friday at the University of Illinois-Chicago with competition in women’s and men’s individual pool rounds and preliminary tables. Individual finals will be held Saturday, followed by team competition Sunday.
Eliza Stone, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Wozniak, who won bronze medals in the team competition with Zagunis at the 2013 World Championships, will compete individually and in the team tournament. Joining Homer and Spear on the men’s team are 2013 world teammates Aleksander Ochocki and Eli Dershwitz.
Also in fencing:
World Cup, women’s foil, May 2, Shanghai
World Cup, men’s epée, May 2, Paris
Grand Prix, men’s foil, May 3, Tokyo
FIVB Shanghai Jinshan Grand Slam, April 30-May 4, Shanghai
Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2012 Olympic silver medalist April Ross will go after their fourth consecutive gold medal when they compete this weekend in the FIVB Shanghai Grand Slam tournament. They won the last two Grand Slam tournaments of the 2013 season and then began the 2014 season last week with a championship win at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Fuzhou Open in China.
Among the other U.S. teams are Brittany Hochevar and Lane Carico in the women’s tournament, and Tri Bourne and John Hyden in the men’s tournament.
Webcast: 3 a.m. ET Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, universalsports.com
Also in volleyball:
NC Men’s Volleyball Championships, April 29-May 3, Chicago
AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship, May 2-4, Gulf Shores, Ala.
Santa Monica Open, USAV Junior Beach Tour, May 3, Santa Monica, Calif.
Canada Cup, FINA Diving World Series, May 1-4, Gatineau, Canada
Two-time national champion Sam Dorman will compete in both the men’s individual and synchronized 3-meter competition, and 2013 national champion Maren Taylor will compete in the women’s 3-meter individual and synchro at the Canada Cup in Gatineau.
The 12-member U.S. team also includes 10-meter national champion Steele Johnson, who’ll be joined in the 10-meter individual competition by Toby Stanley. Dorman will compete with Darian Schmidt in the men’s 3-meter synchro. Taylor will team up with Deidre Freeman in the women’s 3-meter synchro.
Other U.S. divers: Dashiell Enos, men’s 3-meter; Christopher Law and Samuel Smith, men’s 10-meter synchro; Emma Ivory-Ganja, women’s 3-meter; Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg and Mackenzie Tweardy, women’s 10-meter.
World Team Table Tennis Championships, April 28-May 5, Tokyo
The U.S. men clinched first place in their group and advanced to this weekend’s playoffs in the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo. The United States won its first four preliminary round matches, including 3-2 over Ecuador Wednesday. Adam Hugh won two five-game matches in those four victories.
Lily Zhang, a 2012 Olympian, won five of her first six matches in the women’s tournament. The U.S. women finished fifth in their preliminary round group.
FILA Cadet Pan American Championships, May 2-4, Recife, Brazil
Cade Olivas, a bronze medalist at the 2013 Cadet World Championships, and 2013 Cadet World Team members Taylor LaMont and Sariyah Jones, will be among the U.S. athletes competing in the FILA Cadet Pan American Championships in Brazil.
Olivas will wrestle at the 46-kilogram class in both Greco-Roman and men’s freestyle. Mason Manville, a 2014 junior national champion, will compete at 69 kilograms in Greco-Roman and freestyle.
LaMont, a 2013 national champion, will compete at 63 kilograms in Greco-Roman and men’s freestyle. Jones will compete at 49 kilograms in women’s freestyle and Gabriella Garcia will compete at 52 kilograms.
The tournament is a qualifier for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
TRACK & FIELD
IAAF World Race Walking Cup, May 3-4, Taicang, China
Two-time Olympian John Nunn and 2012 Olympian Maria Michta lead a 10-member U.S. team at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in China. The men’s race will be held Saturday, followed by the women’s race Sunday.
Joining Nunn in the men’s race will be Patrick Stroupe, Nick Christie, Alejandro Chavez and Michael Mannozzi. In addition to Michta, U.S. women are Miranda Melville, Susan Randall, Katie Burnett and Erin Taylor-Talcott. Michta set a U.S. record with a time of 1:31:09 over 20 kilometers in the U.S. Trials in March.
World Cup, May 1-5, Kecskemet, Hungary
The Kecskemet World Cup is being held this week in Hungary. The event is the fourth stop on the world cup tour and is the final qualifier for the World Cup Final, which will be held in June in Sarasota, Fla.
The women‘s finals will be held Saturday, followed by the men‘s finals Sunday and mixed relay competition Monday.
Champions Challenge, April 27-May 4, Glasgow, Scotland
The U.S. Women’s National Team, which is ranked No. 10 in the world, won two of its first three games this week in the Champions Challenge in Glasgow, Scotland. Caroline Nichols, Kathleen Sharkey and Katie O’Donnell each scored in a 3-0 victory Wednesday over Ireland.
The tournament concludes Sunday.
Senior National Championships, May 3-4, Reno, Nevada
National titles will be decided in senior shiai, international masters, visually impaired, brown belt, novice and kata at the Senior National Championships in Reno, Nev. Competition will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno.
Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, IRB HSBC Sevens World Series, May 3-4, Glasgow, Scotland
The USA Eagles Sevens will face Spain, Scotland and Australia Saturday in the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, the eighth stop in the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series.
Will Holder, who has three international caps, and Nu’u Punimata were added to the team for this weekend. The Eagles reached the cup quarterfinals in March in the Tokyo Sevens and Hong Kong Sevens.
Webcast: 5:20 a.m. ET Sunday, universalsports.com
PATCO Triathlon American YOG Qualifier, May 2-4, Monterrey, Mexico
A qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games will be held in Monterrey, Mexico. The race will consist of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike competition and 5-kilometer run.
Silver City’s Tour of the Gila, April 30-May 4, New Mexico
Travis McCabe (Smartstop Pro Cycling) leads the men’s standings in the USA Cycling National Race Calendar (NRC) and Lauren Stephens (Team Tibco/To the Top) is No. 1 in the women’s standings heading into this week’s Silver City’s Tour of the Gila Powered by SRAM.
Stephens won three stages at last week’s Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley in Fayetteville, Ark.
Also in cycling:
Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), May 4, Dana Point, Calif.
USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, May 2-4, Richmond, Va.
The first of the junior rowing season’s regional championships, the 2014 USRowing Southwest Junior District Championship, will take place May 2-4, on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
Beginning Friday and running through Sunday, 622 crews from 37 clubs in the Southwest region will compete for regional championships in 36 events in both sweep rowing and sculling and in experience levels from novice to varsity. The event is the first in a month of USRowing Youth National Championships qualifying regattas – USRowing’s version of March Madness dubbed May Madness.
In addition to regional championships, the biggest prizes up for grabs are bids to the 2014 USRowing Youth National Championships, presented by Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism and hosted by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center June 13-15 on Lake Natoma.