The Group Play of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final is finished. Quarterfinals will be played on June 9. Water polo teams of the USA and Canada collected three victories and won top positions in their group and advanced to the next phase as favorites.
USA DEFEATS RUSSIA IN FINAL SECONDS
The match started with Makenzie Fischer scoring an opener for the USA women’s water polo team. After a balanced play in the first quarter, Russia was falling behind by one (3:4). Eleven goals were netted during the second quarter, which was also narrowly won by the USA. Although Russia tied the result at 8:8, Adam Krikorian’s squad went on a break with a two-goal advantage (8:10). Russia stroke back in the second half and managed to equalize again (10:10). However, the USA was leading by one before the final eight minutes. Russia did not give up and scored two consecutive goals to take over the lead. The hero of the game was Makenzie Fischer who found the net again to tie the result with less than a minute left on the clock. She netted one more for the win (12:13) just before the sound of the buzzer.
The USA will tomorrow meet Australia in the quarterfinals.
CANADA OVERCOMES CHINA IN FINAL PERIOD
China was very motivated to win another game in front of its home crowd in Shanghai. Canada water polo players scored the only goal in the first quarter which announced a tough battle. They netted three more in the second quarter before the hosting team found the net. China woke up and scored four in a row to tie the result. After Emma Wright’s successful penalty shot, Canada had a one-goal lead at halftime (5:4). The teams scored only one goal each in the third quarter and the audience saw a tense final period. Canada water polo players stepped up their game and reached a three-goal advantage thanks to Bekhazi and McKelvey who scored a goal each. China struggled until the end and failed to overcome this deficit. Canada won 10:7 and successfully finished the group stage in top position.
Canada’s rival in the quarterfinal match will be Japan.
AUSTRALIA AND JAPAN STILL WINLESS
Hungary dominated over Australia in the first half of their clash. Aussie Stingers scored only one goal, scoreless in the second quarter. Attila Biro’s team had a five-goal lead at halftime (6:1). Hungary entered the second half relaxed due to the nice advantage accomplished. Australia stroke back in the third quarter netting two unanswered goals to bring down the deficit to three before the fourth quarter (6:3). However, Hungary water polo players found the strength to play a balanced final period which ended in a draw. The Stingers suffered the third loss in Shanghai (10:7).
In the meeting of two so far winless water polo teams, Netherlands proved too strong for Japan. It overcame the tie in the first quarter to finish it with two-goal lead announcing powerful play. The second quarter was definitely dominated by Netherlands who netted seven goals leaving Japan scoreless (3:12). The winner was already determined, Japan was weak to come back. Netherlands took their foot off the gas in the third quarter which ended in a draw. They increased the lead to eleven by the end of the game (8:19). Catharina van der Sloot was the top scorer of the day with five goals.
Quarterfinals will see the clash between Netherlands and Hungary, while host China will play against Russia.
The USA is the only team with 9 points won in Group Play, while top-ranked Canada in Group B has 8. Russia is second in Group A with 5 points, followed by Netherlands with 4. Runner-up in Group B is Hungary with 7 points, whereas China is third with 5. Japan and Australia are last in their group with no points won.
2017 FINA Women’s World League Super Final
Day 3 Results
Hungary vs. Australia 8:3 (3:1, 3:0, 0:2, 2:0)
Hungary scorers: Dorottya Szilagyi (1), Gabriella Szucs (2), Rita Keszthelyi (1), Ildiko Toth (2), Barbara Bujka (2)
Australia scorers: Elle Armit (1), Bronte Halligan (1), Jessica Zimmerman (1)
Russia vs. USA 12:13 (3:4, 5:6, 2:1, 2:2)
Russia scorers: Daria Gerzanich (2), Elvina Karimova (2), Maria Borisova (1), Olga Gorbunova (3), Anastasia Simanovich (1), Anna Timofeeva (1), Tatiana Tolkunova (1), Daria Ryzhkova (1)
USA scorers: Maddie Musselman (1), Rachel Fattal (2), Jordan Raney (1), Kiley Neushul (3), Aria Fischer (1), Jamie Neushul (1), Makenzie Fischer (3), Alys Williams (1)
Japan vs. Netherlands 8:19 (3:5, 0:7, 3:3, 2:4)
Japan scorers: Yumi Arima (4), Shino Magariyama (1), Kana Hosoya (1), Misaki Noro (1), Kotori Suzuki (1)
Netherlands scorers: Catharina van der Sloot (5), Genee Amarens (1), Nomi Stomphorst (3), Marloes Nijhuis (3), Maud Megens (3), Laura van der Graaf (1), Lieke Klaassen (2), Kitty-Lynn Joustra (1)
Canada vs. China 10:7 (1:0, 4:4, 1:1, 4:2)
Canada scorers: Emma Wright (3), Monika Eggens (2), Kyra Christmas (1), Joelle Bekhazi (2), Hayley McKelvey (1), Fournier (1)
China scorers: GuanNan Niu (2), Cong Zhang (2), ZiHan Zhao (1), Xiao Chen (1), Jing Zhang (1)