Trojans Shine In Day 3 Of Men’s Water Polo Group Play |
Aug. 10, 2016
USC’s four-man contingent of Trojans in Rio helped carry their respective countries to key results today in Olympic men’s water polo group play. Team USA — anchored by current USC goalie McQuin Baron in the cage — drummed up its first win of the tournament with a 6-3 victory over France. Four-time NCAA champ Joel Dennerley, meanwhile, manned the cage for the Aussies in an 8-6 win over Japan. Another Cutino Award winner, Kostas Genidounias, was responsible for key goals in Greece’s draw with a powerful Hungary squad.
The day began with Australia and Japan tangling in an important matchup for both squads. Joel Dennerley took over the cage in this one and hauled in a whopping 10 saves for the Aussies to help lock in on the 8-6 victory. Australia now stands at 1-1-1 in Group A with a share of the second spot with two games still to play in group action.
Next, Greece splashed down in a key matchup against Hungary. Thanks to a pair of goals plugged in by USC’s all-time top goal scorer, Kostas Genidounias, Greece was able to lock horns with Hungary and wind up in an 8-8 tie that edges the Greeks into a share of the first-place spot in the Group A standings.
Faced with a must-win situation, Team USA put current USC goalie McQuin Baron in the cage for today’s clash with France. The mighty Trojan would collect 11 huge saves for the United States to anchor a solid defensive effort and a 6-3 win that gives Team USA its first points of group play. Incoming USC freshman Thomas Dunstan also logged some strong minutes for Team USA in the winning effort today.
Men’s water polo kicks back into gear with more group play on August 12 in Rio.
Aug. 6 Results (Group Play)
Aug. 8 Results (Group Play)
Aug. 10 (Group Play)