MONTREAL, Canada, July 22. THE final round of preliminary play at the World Water Polo Championships ended with the United States men falling to Serbia and Montenegro, 8-4. The Americans were handcuffed by a pair of penalty shots from Serbia in the third quarter. Goals from those opportunities provided the Serbs with a comfortable margin.
The United States received goals from Adam Wright, Jesse Smith, Ryan Bailey and Jeff Powers. The United States will return to action on Sunday in a second-round matchup with Italy. Meanwhile, the American women will play Cuba on Saturday in a second-round game.