Final game: Serbia 10, USA 6
Quarters: 2-0, 3-1, 3-0, 2-5
Serbia Roster: Gojko Pijetlovic, Viktor Rasovic, Zivko Gocic (Captain), Sava Randelovic, Milos Cuk, Dusko Pijetlovic, Nemanja Ubovic, Milan Aleksic, Nikola Jaksic, Fillip Filipovic, Andrija Prlainovic, Stefan Mitrovic, Branislav Mitrovic
Coach: Dejan Savic
USA Roster: Merrill Moses, Jackson Kimbell, Nikola Vavic, Alex Obert, Alex Roelse, Luca Cupido, Josh Samuels, Tony Azevedo (Captain), Alex Bowen, Bret Bonanni, Jesse Smith, Ben Hallock, McQuin Baron.
Coach: Dejan Udovicic
From the first goal of the game, scored by lefty Filip Filipovic, arguably the best lefty in the world, from a penalty shot, it was clear that Serbia was dominant in the finals. Serbia took the first quarter 2-0, with their defense being beat only once in the whole first half. At halftime, it was 5-1, and it was obvious who the better team in the water was today. But, in the fourth quarter, the USA team tried desperately for a comeback, scoring five goals as opposed to Serbia’s two, after a shutout in the third quarter 3-0. But, it wasn’t enough, and the final result still stood in Serbia’s favor, 10-6.
Watching the game unfold, it was obvious that Serbia was dominant both in offense and defense. USA’s primary set player was out for the game unfortunately, having a fever the night before the game.
Dejan Savic-SRB: “It was a tough game that we didn’t give up from the beginning to the end. We deserved the victory because we played better and focused on this game. We also want to say thank to the Organising Committee and Huizhou Municipality for their excellent job.”
Dejan Udovicic-USA: “Serbia is the best team in the world. We had two hard battles in a row to qualify for the final. We were really tired and did not play our best today. Our first centre got a fever last night and did not play in the final. These were not excuse but if we want to play with Serbia, we must be in 100 percent in shape. Serbia deserved the win. Congratulations to them.”
3rd place game: Italy 7, Greece 11
Quarters: 4-1, 2-4, 1-4, 0-2
Italy Roster: Marco Del Lungo, Francesco Di Fulvio, Niccolo Gitto, Peitro Figlioli, Andrea Foundelli, Michael Alexandrea Bodegas, Massimo Giacoppo, Alessandro Nora, Christian Presciutti (Captian), Stefano Luongo, Niccolo Figari, Nicholas Presciutti, Gariele Vassallo.
Coach: Alessandro Campagna
Greece Roster: Konstantinos Flegkas, Emmanouil Maylonakis, Georgios Dervisis, Konstantinos Genidounias, Ioannis Fountoulis, Kyriakos Pontikeas, Christos Afroudakis (Captain), Evangelos Delakas, Konstantinos Mourikis, Christodoulos Kolomvos, Alexandros Gounas, Angelos Vlaschopoulos, Stefanos Galanopoulos.
Coach: Theodoros Vlachos
Greece shrugged off slow start and rallied to clinch the bronze medal after upsetting Italy 11-7. Italy started strong 4-1 in the first period and was 6-2 before Greece woke up to shoot 4 goals in a row in the second quarter to finish 6-5. Greece kept its shooting pace with 4 goals compared with Italy’s 1 shot in the third quarter. Italy could not found the net in the last period but committed 2 goals to the defensive Greeks.
Alessandro Campagna-ITA: “We were a little disappointed about this match, because we could have won. But in some important moments we didn’t play well and missed the change. Congratulations to the Chinese Swimming Federation. It was a fantastic tournament, very well organised.”
Theodoros Vlachos-GRE: “We were disappointed from last night game in the death penalty shoot 17-16 to USA. We thought we should qualify for the final but we missed just by one goal. Everyone was very sadlast night. But in a way it was good because my players have now experienced this kind of feeling and kept hungry for victory. We started bad and lost pace until 1-6 behind. Then we started getting better in the defence and easy goals came. Finally we finished the game with a win.”