Olympic Roundup - Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008

Aug. 9, 2008

U.S. Wins, Canada Ties In Women's Soccer
The U.S. women's soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over Japan to move into second place in Group G, and Canada tied host team China, 1-1, to keep itself in first place in Group E.

UCLA forward Kara Lang, who scored the game-winning goal against Argentina in Canada's first game, set up her team's lone goal against China, intercepting an attempted clearance, chesting the ball and then chipping it into the path of a streaking Christine Sinclair. Sinclair took one touch and hit a low right-footed shot into the back of the net. Lang continued her strong play in the tournament, recording five shots, including one that hit the right post in the 58th minunte. Canada will face Sweden in its last group match on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 4:45 am PT.

UCLA women's soccer head coach Jillian Ellis is an assistant coach for the U.S. team, which secured a much-needed three points in group play thanks to a 27th-minute goal by Carli Lloyd. Bruin forward Lauren Cheney did not play in the game. The U.S. will next face New Zealand on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 2 am PT. The game will be televised live on USA Network.

The top two finishers in each of the three groups advance to the second round, along with two best third-place finishers based on points.

Youngs/Branagh Victorious in Olympic Beach Volleyball Opener
Former UCLA All-American Elaine Youngs, with teammate Nicole Branagh, won their opening match of the women's beach volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Beijing Olympics. The duo recorded a straight-set victory over the Netherlands' Merel Mooren and Rebekka Kadijk, 21-19, 27-25.

Youngs and Branagh won a back-and-forth first set, as neither team had more than a two-point lead. The Americans were trailing 19-18 when they scored the final three points to claim the first set.

In the second set, Youngs and Branagh were up 14-7, but the Netherlands' tandem came back to tie the set at 18. Mooren and Kadijk found themselves with another chance to take the set with set point at 25-24, but Youngs and Branagh again netted three straight points to win the second and the Olympic opener.

Next up for Youngs and Branagh are a matchup with Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau of Germany on Monday at 3 a.m. PT (6 p.m. Beijing Time).

In men's action, the second-seeded U.S. team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rodgers, who are coached by former UCLA strength coach Bob Alejo, were upset by Latvia's Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Martins Plavins, 21-19, 21-18.

UCLA, Volleyball Community Mourn Death Of Todd Bachman, Father of Former Bruin Wiz Bachman
UCLA and the volleyball community were stunned and saddened by the death of Todd Bachman, father of former UCLA All-American and 2004 Olympian Wiz (Elisabeth) Bachman. Todd Bachman was tragically killed on Saturday at a Beijing tourist site.

Wiz, Todd and his wife Barbara were in China with Wiz's husband Hugh McCutcheon, the head coach of the U.S. men's volleyball team. Barbara was also injured in the attack, but Wiz was unharmed. The assailant committed suicide. The U.S. Embassy believed the attack was an isolated act and not directed at Americans or foreigners.

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Beijing Blogs
Former softball player Andrea Duran offers her first blog entry and gives her take on the opening ceremonies, while swimmer Nicolette Teo celebrated Singapore's National Day on Saturday. Read their entries HERE.

News Links
  • The Electric New Paper in Singapore profiles swimmer Nicolette Teo.
  • Water polo player Adam Wright played PIG with Kobe Bryant. Read about it on Merrill Moses' blog at NBCOlympics.com.
  • Born asthmatic, softball player Natasha Watley has smog concerns, and soccer player Marvell Wynne has already learned how the weather has affected drug testing.

    Coming Up
    M. Volleyball
    Team USA, with asst. coach John Speraw plays its first-round game against Venezuela at 9:30 pm PT Saturday night.

    W. Gymnastics
    Incoming freshman Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs competes in the preliminaries (Subdivision 1) with hopes of qualifying for the all-around and individual event finals. Competition begins at 7 pm PT Saturday night.

    M. Tennis - Doubles
    Mark Knowles/Devin Mullings of the Bahamas take on the top-seeded Bryan twins of the U.S. on Sunday, while Poland's
    Marcin Matkowski/Mariusz Fyrstenberg face Xin-Yuan Yu/Shao-Xuan Zeng (China) on Monday.

    UCLA assistant rowing coach Mark Hunter of Great Britain competes in Lightweight Double Sculls at 12:30 am PT, while UCLA Anderson school alumnus Mike Altman of the U.S. competesin Lightweight Fours at 1 am PT.

    M. Water Polo
    Team USA (Brandon Brooks/Adam Wright) plays China at 1:40 am PT

    W. Swimming
    Nicolette Teo competes in the 100m Breaststroke. Heats begin at 4:26 am PT

    Men's Soccer
    The U.S. team (Benny Feilhaber, Patrick Ianni, Marvell Wynne) battles the Netherlands at 4:45 am PT. The game will be televised live on USA Network.

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