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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Netherlands doesnt get humiliated often in mens field hockey.When it happens, the Dutch dont forget.Armed with memories from a blowout loss to Australia in the World Cup Final in 2014, the Netherlands tk control from the start of their Olympic quarterfinal match. Billy Bakker scored 49 seconds into the match to set the tone in a 4-0 victory on Sunday.The energy we had -- maybe for some guys, the way we lost the World Cup Final was in the back of their heads, Dutch player Bob de Vgd said, referring to the 6-1 loss. The energy we had, the desire to go to the semifinal, was really big today.Australia coach Graham Reid knew what was happening right away.That game was probably two years in the making, Reid said. That World Cup -- there was a fair few of those boys who were out there tonight who had that deep-seated want for revenge.The quarterfinal matched the worlds top two teams, something the second-ranked Dutch didnt expect so early. But top-ranked Australia slipped and finished third in its pl.It was pretty surprising, Dutch player Sander Baart said. I think Australia didnt show their best hockey in the Pl A, and thats why we faced them in the quarterfinals right now, because we played quite all right in our pl.The Australians had medaled in six consecutive Olympics, claiming gold in 2004 and bronze in 2008 and 2012.Its a disappointing thing to go out in the quarterfinals, Reid said. You get those opportunities once every four years, and all the things weve done over the past four years have put us in a position where you feel as though everything is in the right place.The Dutch advanced to play Belgium in the semifinals on Tuesday. Belgium defeated India 3-1 earlier in the day.After Bakkers early goal, Australia dominated possession in the second period, but the Netherlands consistently made gd defensive plays in the circle. The Dutch then added to their lead when de Vgd knocked one in late in the second.Valentin Verga scored for the Dutch early in the third period, and Mink van der Weerden added another goal early in the fourth.It feels pretty strong, de Vgd said. The control we had in the game there -- the focus. We stayed together the whole time. We prepared so gd for this game, we know what our plan was and we executed what we had to do.Goalie Jaap Stockmann registered the shutout for the Netherlands. Now, the Dutch can focus on neighboring Belgium, a nation they play often.We know that they are a really gd team, De Vgd said. They showed it right from the start in the tournament. 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Kiriasis and brakeman Franziska Fritz finished two runs in one minute 55.41 seconds -- a mere 0.01 seconds ahead of Meyers and Lolo Jones, who likely bolstered her Olympic hopes by helping give USA-1 a huge push in the second heat.Taylor Formico was determined to beat her three brothers, two older and one younger, in any sport growing up.She threw fastball after fastball in her backyard batting cage trying to match their speed. She went toe-to toe with them in weekly soccer games and sprinting races. She even tried to bounce the highest on the familys trampoline, competing for the best backflips and front flips.When she was 5, she watched her brothers climb a 10-ft tetherball post in the backyard. Formico huffed and puffed, falling short each time. But she kept climbing.I stayed up all night until 3 a.m., until I climbed to the top, Formico said. I screamed for my mom in the middle of the night. She was angry I was out there, but I had to have prf.Formico, now a 5-ft-7 senior libero for No. 9 UCLA (9-1 overall), doesnt know any other gear than overdrive. Shes usually the one screaming, high-fiving and jumping up and down for her teammates or flying around the volleyball court for an epic dig.She is the absolute heart of our team, senior outside hitter Jordan Anderson said.Just ask Formicos cousin, three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings: Shes just relentless, Walsh Jennings said. Shell run through fire or a brick wall to get a ball up for her team.Not even a torn labrum in her hip could keep Formico, the 2015 Pac-12 Libero of the Year and an American Volleyball Coaches Association third-team All-America selection, off the court.Playing hurt for the past three seasons, she didnt miss a game, a weight-lifting session, a conditioning session or a team meeting -- even when she had to Uber to campus because it was t painful to walk, even when she had to punch her hip in practice to push through a practice drill, even when her leg went numb during games.Formico, whose 554 digs (sixth most in Bruins history) led UCLA to the Sweet 16 last season, kept the injury a secret. She didnt want anyone to feel sorry for her.For her, it wasnt even an issue. It wasnt even worth talking about, UCLA coach Michael Sealy said. For her it was, Dont even show me compassion with this thing. This is just the way it is, and were going.Its always been that way for Formico.Inspired by Walsh Jennings, Formico dreamed of playing at the highest levels of the game. But few colleges recruited the Saratoga, California, native, partially because of her size, Formico said, and because shed have to transition from her natural position at setter to libero, and she didnt have any experience playing the latter.Her whole career, because of her size, shes had to struggle to get people to recognize how gd she really was. It drove her, said her father, Mike. Shes constantly proving herself, even today.Former UC Santa Barbara coach Kathy Gregory offered her a spot. Formico accepted before lking at any other schls.[Gregory] helped me embrace my passion, Formico said. Sometimes its like, Youre t crazy, or, Youre t fiery, but she really embraced and loved my passion and my fight. Shes all about heart.Formico made a seamless transition to libero for the Gauchos in 2012, leading the nation with 792 digs (5.87 per set) en route to AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year honors.She puulled it off because she trained harder than anyone, Gregory said.dddddddddddd Practice would be over and shed still want more reps. She came in on weekends. If she could train 10 hours a day, she would.Gregory ended her 38-year tenure at UCSB after Formicos rkie season. Formico was devastated -- Gregory was the one who believed in her, who tk a chance on her.Formico wasnt sure if she wanted to keep playing.The more she thought about it, the more she realized she wanted to challenge herself and play at a higher level. Transferring to UCLA would fill that craving; she had always dreamed of playing in the Pac-12.But she was nervous, even intimidated, during her first few practices at UCLA in 2014. She was surrounded by women who were former top-10, blue-chip recruits, women who had been recruited straight out of high schl. Formico knew her path was different, and she knew she could play -- but did she belong there?She battled the incumbent libero, Karly Drolson, for the starting spot. The first one to arrive to practice and the last to leave, Formico eventually earned the starting nod.She wanted to prove to everyone and even herself that she could play at this level, Drolson said. That girl will never give up. She just worked her butt off.Formico flourished, leading the Bruins in digs per set (3.90) and ranking third in aces (16), posting double-figure digs in 27 matches in 2014.Upping her game even more the next season, when she was recognized as the Pac-12s best libero in 2015, Formico became the 23rd Bruin to reach 1,000 career digs. She posted a career-high 35 digs against Arizona.Her ability to keep the ball in play and keep it up, to take so much passing and defensive responsibility, coaches in the Pac-12, they have a game plan for her, Sealy said. They dont do that t often with back-row players.She not only makes the steady, consistent play, but she makes the wow plays, t, Sealy said. Someone will make an amazing hit and she comes flying in to dig, and it really sucks the life out of the sail of the other team.Formico is off to a fast start for the Bruins, who have suffered just one loss this season, against San Diego. Posting double-figure digs in each of the teams 10 matches, Formico notched a season-high 28 digs against Pepperdine on Sept. 13.Formico enters Wednesdays match against crosstown rival USC, ranked 21st, with 1,193 digs as a Bruin, which is now ninth all time. She is 21 away from eighth.Formico now has amassed 1,985 digs for her career, including her time at UCSB, and likely will pass surpass 2,000 against the Trojans.But if you ask Formico, shell probably tell you she has much more to work on to elevate her game. She pulls up game film on her cell phone almost immediately after games are over, dissecting each set, each play and each mistake she made with a focus that is almost obsessive.She was somebody that wasnt even on most peoples radars, Gregory said. Its not always the superstars that make it. Its someone that wanted it more than someone else, and had something to prove.<a href="http://www.chinawholesalejerseysnfl.com/">Wholesale Jerseys</a> ' ' '

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