FINA World League

USA ladies win 5th straight World League gold

USA team Photo: Russell McKinnon/FINA

The USA team successfully defended the gold medal in the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League, beating the Netherlands 8:6 in the final game of the Final Eight, held in Kunshan (China).

This was the 12th World League gold medal for the USA and the 5th title in a row. Russia took the bronze medal, Canada finished in the 4th place…

The encounters for medals offered a lot of excitements.

Final

The Netherlands earned a 2:1 lead after the first quarter of the final match. The USA turned around the deficit to a 3:2 lead at halftime. The USA, led by Rachel Fattal (3 goals), earned a two-goal lead in the third period (4:2, 5:3) and maintained the advantage until the last break. The USA entered the last quarter with a 6:4 lead. Brigitte Sleeking scored an equalizer converting an extra man for 6:6 with 2:27 remaining on the clock. But, in the next action, Maggie Steffens put the USA in front (7:6). The reigning World League champion secured a win in the last minute. The Netherlands couldn’t recover after Vivian Sevenich’s goal for the final score 8:6 (0:56 from time).

By clinching the silver medal, the Dutch achieved their biggest success in the World League. Before this season, they had climbed on the podium just once (bronze in 2015).

USA 8:6 Netherlands
(1:2, 2:0, 3:2, 2:2)

USA: Fattal 3, Seidemann 2, P. Hauschild, Steffens, Williams.

Netherlands: Van der Sloot 3, Genee, Megens, Sleeking.

For places 3 – 4

The match for the bronze medal saw a lot of twists and turns. The gap between two teams was never larger than one goal. At halftime, the score was 4:4. Both teams scored a goal each in the third period, so the last quarter decided everything. Deep into the fourth period Ekaterina Prokofyeva, one of the best Russian and world water polo players, netted for 6:5. Canada’s Emma Wright leveled the score once more a minute and a 40 seconds before the end (6:6). The winner came in the last second. Daria Ryzhkova lobbed Canada’s goalkeeper Clara Vulipsi and big thriller ended with Russia’s 7:6 victory.

Russia 7:6 Canada
(2:2, 2:2, 1:1, 2:1)

Russia: Prokofyeva 3, Ryzhkova, Ivanova, Borisova, Serzhatova.

Canada: Wright 3, Eggens, Lemay-Lavoie, Crevier.

For places 5 – 6

Spain 10:5 China
(2:1, 4:1, 2:2, 2:1)

For places 7 – 8

Australia 10:7 Japan
(1:1, 2:2, 3:2, 4:2)

Catharina van der Sloot (Netherlands) was voted the Most Valuable Player. Her team-mate Maud Megens was the best scorer of the tournament (15 goals), while Ashliegh Johnson (USA) received an award for the best goalkeeper.

FINA WOMEN’S WATER POLO WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL (KUNSHAN, MAY 28TH – JUNE 2ND)

Group phase

A group
Day 1
Australia – Netherlands 5:7
Spain – China 13:6

Day 2
Spain – Netherlands 6:7
Austrailia – China 6:8

Day 3
Spain – Australia 10:9
China – Netherlands 7:10

1. Netherlands 3 – 9
2. Spain 3 – 6
3. China 3 – 3
4. Austraia 3 – 0

B group

Day 1
Russia – Canada 9:11
USA – Japan 14:4

Day 2
Russia – Japan 22:10
USA – Canada 12:5

Day 3
Russia – USA 7:10
Canada – Japan 13:4

1. USA 3 – 9
2. Canada 3 – 6
3. Russia 3 – 3
4. Japan 3 – 0

Quarterfinals

Spain – Russia 11:12 (pso)
Netherlands – Japan 18:7
Australia – USA 1:12
China – Canada 2:5

Semifinals

Rankings 5 – 8
Spain – Australia 11:8
China – Japan 8:7

Rankings 1 – 4
USA – Russia 8:3
Netherlands – Canada 11:5

For final ranking

For places 7 – 8: Australia – Japan 10:7
For places 5 – 6: Spain – China 10:5
For places 3 – 4: Russia – Canada 7:6
Final: USA – Netherlands 8:6

All winners

2004 USA
2005 Greece
2006 USA
2007 USA
2008 Russia
2009 USA
2010 USA
2011 USA
2012 USA
2013 China
2014 USA
2015 USA
2016 USA
2017 USA
2018 USA

The Super Final for men will be played in Budapest (Hungary) from June 18-23. The participants will be: Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary and Spain for Europe and USA, Australia, Japan, and Kazakhstan.

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