It was almost a perfect afternoon for the three U.S. beach volleyball teams in the medal round of the U.S. Olympic Cup, a minipreview of the Sydney Games.
Rob Heidger and Kevin Wong won their first beach tournament, beating the Spain's Javier Bosma-Fabio Diez, 15-10, on Sunday to claim the men's gold medal before a crowd of 2,000 on Mission Bay.
Nancy Reno and Linda Hanley settled a score from the Atlanta Olympics by upsetting Australia's Natalie Cook-Kerri Pottharst, 15-13, for the women's bronze.
But reality spiked the top U.S. women's team of Johnson Jordan and Buckner Davis, who put up a strong challenge only to lose the gold medal match, 15-12, to the world's top-ranked team of Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil.
In other events:
Stacey Nuveman hit a three-run homer and Christa Williams pitched the USA's fourth straight complete game as the Americans beat Australia, 5-0, for the softball gold medal.
Bill Pilczuk set an American 50-meter freestyle short-course record of 21.56 seconds while swimming the first leg of the winning 400 freestyle relay. B.J. Bedford won two gold medals Sunday, giving her five in the two-day competition. Olympic gold medalists Jon Olsen and Josh Davis won two races each as the Americans dominated the meet against Great Britain and France.