Olympic Roundup - Sunday, August 10

Women's Gymnastics
Incoming freshman Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs of Canada qualified for Friday's individual all-around finals, placing 19th overall and 14th amongst the 24 qualifiers (only two gymnasts per country can qualify for the all-around finals) during the preliminaries. Hopfner-Hibbs recorded an all-around total of 58.65, with Top 20 finishes on balance beam (20th, 15.125) and uneven bars (19th, 14.975). She also scored 14.675 on vault and 13.875 on floor exercise.

Men's Soccer
The U.S. rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to take a 2-1 lead against the Netherlands heading into extra time, but a free kick goal by Gerald Sibon in the waning moments erased the lead and forced a 2-2 tie. A win would have put the U.S. into the quarterfinal round, but qualification will have to wait until Wednesday. The U.S., which is tied with Nigeria for the Group B lead with four points, has to either beat or tie Nigeria or have the Netherlands lose to Japan. The U.S.-Nigeria match will be televised live at 2 am PT Wednesday on USA Network.

Sacha Kljestan scored the United States' first goal in the 64th minute. The second goal started with a long throw-in from Marvell Wynne that bounced around the box and was kicked around a few times before going off Jozy Altidore into the back of the net in the 72nd minute. Wynne started the game, and Benny Feilhaber entered the game as a reserve in the 80th minute. Patrick Ianni did not play.

Men's Volleyball
The U.S. defeated Venezuela, 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 21-25, 15-10 in a preliminary match. The next match for the U.S. is Aug. 12 against Italy. Bruin alum John Speraw is an assistant coach for the U.S.

Women's Swimming
Nicolette Teo finished seventh in heat four of the 100m breast in a time of 1:10.75. She was 32nd overall and does not advance to the next round.

Men's Water Polo
The U.S. opened play with an 8-4 victory over host China behind five goals from Tony Azevedo. Adam Wright set up the first goal just two minutes into the game with a cross-pool pass to Azevedo. Brandon Brooks did not play.

Men's Rowing
Competing for Great Britain, UCLA women's rowing assistant coach Mark Hunter, with Zac Purchase, had the top mark in the preliminary heats of the lightweight double sculls, finishing in 6:13.69. The U.S. lightweight fours, with Mike Altman, finished fourth in their heat in a time of 5:56.54 and will now race in the repechage on Tuesday.

Men's Tennis
Rain postponed most of the matches on Sunday.

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Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs continues her legacy for Team Canada by qualifying to the all-around finals.

Amy Acuff and Suzy Powell-Roos have the support of their husbands.

Coming Up:

Men's tennis action is scheduled to resume after rain postponed matches on Sunday. Mark Knowles and Marcin Matkowski are each scheduled to play doubles for their respective countries.

The U.S. Women's water polo team (Natalie Golda, Jaime Hipp and head coach Guy Baker) opens with a preliminary round match against China at 2 am PT on Monday.

Beach volleyball player Elaine Youngs and partner Nicole Branagh take on the German team of Pohl/Rau at 3 am PT on Monday.
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