Tight Games For Trojans On Day Two Of Group Play In Rio

    Aug. 8, 2016

    In a tense second day of group play in Rio, USC’s men’s water polo contingent was entrenched in tight games for their respective countries. Cutino Award winners Kostas Genidounias (Greece) and Joel Dennerley (Australia) both saw their squads finish up with ties against two powerhouse nations. Current Trojans McQuin Baron and Thomas Dunstan, meanwhile, wound up on the losing end of an epic battle against Spain, as Team USA fell for the second time in group play.

    Genidounias’ Greek squad tangled with Serbia in today’s group stage, looking to add another win to its column. Thanks in part to a big third-quarter goal delivered by Genidounias, Greece would finish up even with Serbia at 9-9 as regulation came to an end, leaving it as a draw in the group play standings.

    So, too, would Dennerley’s Aussies wind up with a draw in a fierce battle against Hungary. Australia and Hungary also locked up for a 9-9 tie to give the Aussies their first point in group play.

    The morning’s action in Rio began with Team USA’s clash against Spain. The Spaniards would get the last word in that one, scoring late and having it hold up for a 10-9 decision that gave Baron and Dunstan’s United States squad its second loss in group play. The U.S. team will look to right the ship in two days when it takes on France in the next matchup of group play.

    Next action for men’s water polo in Rio comes on August 10 with the next stage of group play competition for all.

    Aug. 6 Results (Group Play)
    Croatia 7, USA 5
    Greece 8, Japan 7
    Brazil 8, Australia 7



    Aug. 8 Results (Group Play)
    Spain 10, USA 9
    Greece 9, Serbia 9
    Australia 9, Hungary 9

    Aug. 10 (Group Play)
    Australia vs. Japan - 5 a.m. PT
    Greece vs. Hungary - 6:20 a.m. PT
    USA vs. France - 7:40 a.m. PT