Two teams will meet on Sunday, LIVE on NBC Sports Network
Action begins in Claremont, CA on Friday and concludes in Irvine, CA on May 26
Luca Cupido scores the game winner with two seconds left
Team USA closes out group play on Saturday against China
Azevedo and Samuels score two goals each in the win
This week on #InsideWater, Josh Samuels explains how he got started in water polo, reveals his favorite hobby besides water polo and what going to the Olympics would mean to him. #BeVictoRIOus #RoadtoRio
Tallied five goals in 2015 FINA World Championships...Recorded 12 goals in Team USA's Gold-medal finish at 2015 Pan American Games...Scored 11 goals at 2015 FINA Intercontinental Tournament in third-place finish...Added three goals in helping Team USA to fourth-place finish at 2014 FINA World Cup...Second on team with 11 goals in fifth-place finish at 2014 FINA World League Super Final...Scored eight goals on way to Gold at 2014 FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Helped Team USA to first-place finish at FINA World Cup qualifier in 2013, scoring three goals...Competed for club team Budva in Montenegro in 2013-2014.
Most recently competed in the Italian league for Lazio.
Competed collegiately at UCLA, scoring over 100 goals.
Four-year varsity water polo and varsity swimming letter winner under head coach John Carcich at Villa Park HS...Also was a two-year varsity basketball letter winner under head coach Kevin Reynolds... Named 2009 Orange County Register Male Athlete of the Year and the 2009 Century League Male Athlete of the Year...Earned 2008 Orange County Register Boys Water Polo Player of the Year...Gained first team All-County honors (Orange County Register) in 2006, 2007 and 2008...Secured first-team California-Hawaii All-American and NISCA All- American honors in 2006, 2007 and 2008...All-CIF Division II all four seasons (first-team in 2007 and 2008; co-MVP in 2008)...Helped lead Villa Park to the 2007 CIF Division II title...Guided Villa Park to four Century League titles...Four-time All- Century League selection...Century League Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008...Two-year team captain and four- year scholar-athlete selection...Concluded career as Villa Park's all-time leading scorer--408 career goals (scored 140 in 2008; 138 in 2007; 78 in 2006; 51 in 2005)...Established the school record for career assists with 541 (61 in 1008; 65 in 2007; 53 in 2006; 29 in 2005)...Ex- celled on swimming team, earning Century League MVP honors in 2008 and 2009...Two-year swimming team captain, helping lead Villa Park to four Century League titles... 2009 CIF Division II 50 freestyle champion...Finished third in the 100 freestyle in 2009...Earned second team All-Orange County Register honors in 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle in 2009...Earned NISCA All-America honors in 50-meter and 100- meter freestyle in 2009...Established school record in 50-meter freestyle (20.71 seconds).
- 2015 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, KAZAN, RUSSIA, 7TH PLACE
- 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, TORONTO, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
- 2015 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, BERGAMO, ITALY 4TH PLACE
- 2015 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, CORONA DEL MAR, CA, US, 3RD PLACE
- 2014 FINA WORLD CUP, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN, 4TH PLACE
- 2014 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, DUBAI, UAE, 5TH PLACE
- 2014 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
- 2013 FINA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS, SANTA ANA, CA, 1ST PLACE
Favorite Quote: "Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail." JRW
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate or Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite Chain Restaurant: IN-N-Out
If You Had to Make an iPod Playlist Named After Yourself, What Would It Be?: Living The Dream
And What Would Be The First Song? "Left Hand Free" Alt-J
Where Do You See Yourself 10 years From Now?: Giving Back to the Sport That Has Given Me So Much.
If You Couldn't Play Water Polo, What Sport Would You Play?: Basketball or Hockey
Role Model: My Brother, Albert
Athletic Inspiration: Kobe Bryant
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