Sam Mikulak, a Corona del Mar High alumnus shown here in the Olympic Trials, was strong on the pommel horse in London on Monday. (Courtesy of the University of Michigan, Daily Pilot / July 30, 2012)

The next opponent for the Americans is Romania Tuesday at 11:40 a.m. (PT).

Bailey's power-play goal with 1:32 left in the first quarter tied the game at 1-1 and Hutten's goal with 7:32 remaining in the second period put the U.S. up, 2-1.

Peter Varellas led the Americans with three goals and Tony Azevedo's goal with 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner as Montenegro's Vladimir Gojkovic scored with 46 seconds remaining to make it a one-goal game.

Bailey is one of the first two male athletes (along with Azevedo) in USA water polo history to compete in four Olympics. UCI alum Jeff Powers is making his third appearance in the Olympics and Hutten his second. They were members of the 2008 U.S. squad that won silver in Beijing.


Costa Mesa resident Jake Gibb and Corona del Mar resident Sean Rosenthal were defeated in men's volleyball action on Monday, 21-17, 21-18, by the Polish pair of Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel.

Rosenthal had 20 kills, 10 digs and two aces, while Gibb totaled six digs, five kills, three blocks and two aces.

In their opening match, Gibb and Rosenthal defeated South Africans Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt, 21-10, 21-11, on Saturday.

Rosenthal had 19 digs and nine kills in the victory, while Gibb collected 15 kills, four digs and three blocks.

Gibb and Rosenthal continue in Group D on Wednesday, when they will square off against Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins of Latvia.


The U.S. men's volleyball team opened defense of its Olympic gold medal with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 win over Serbia Sunday.

Team USA, ranked fifth in the world, continues Pool B play Tuesday against Germany at 8:45 a.m. PT.

Former UCI All-American David Smith, a middle blocker, made his Olympic debut as a substitute in the opening set.

Team USA, coached by former Orange Coast College standout Alan Knipe, also includes backup setter Brian Thornton, a former UCI All-American.


The U.S. women's water polo team, including backup goalie Tumua Anae, a Corona del Mar High product, defeated Hungary, 14-13, on Monday in their first Group A match.

Team USA, with seven players back from the team that won a silver medal in Beijing in 2008, is listed along with Australia, as favorites to win the gold in London. The U.S. has won a medal in every Olympic women's tournament. It won silver in 2000 and 2008 and won a bronze in 2004.


Newport Harbor High product Esther Lofgren contributed to the U.S. women's eight winning its heat in the opening round of competition Sunday to qualify for the final on Thursday.

The U.S. boat, with Lofgren in the No. 6 seat, completed the 2,000-meter course in six minutes, 14.68 seconds, besting runner-up Australia by nearly seven seconds on Dorney Lake.

The U.S. women's eight is unbeaten in six years and is the prohibitive favorite to win gold on Thursday.


In the women's cycling road race Sunday, Amber Neben, who owns a master's degree from UC Irvine, finished 36th in a time of three hours, 36 minutes, 20 seconds in the 140-kilometer event held in rainy conditions.

Neben will compete in the time trial Wednesday.

— From staff reports