WP Juniors (W), Day 5: Greece, USA, Spain and Russia, the quartet in the semis

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece) 23 August – Three great thrillers and an easy win for Greece marked the fifth day of the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Championships here in Volos. USA, Spain and Russia proceed, after quite undecided matches, to the semifinals (the host country is also in final-four) leaving out of contention Hungary, Australia and Italy respectively. Brazil finished its participation in 13th, while Canada and New Zealand will fight for the ninth place in the tournament.


Places 13th - 14th: KAZAKHSTAN 5 – BRAZIL 10

Quarters: 2-4, 0-1, 3-3, 0-2

Teams:
Kazakhstan: KRASSIKOVA Kristina, RAKHMANOVA Elina 1, MIRSHINA Anasstassia 2, ZHAKSYLYKOVA Zarina, SVINARENKO Irina, ROCA Darya 1, TIKHONOVA Oxana, SVINARENKO Morina, KUMKAYEVA Zhazira, GAYERFANOVA Zarina, SAICHUK Oxana, YEGEMBERDIYEVA Aruzh 1, RYZHINSKAYA Darya

Brazil: CHAMORDO Victoria, ALBA Diana 2, DUARTE Mariana 2, SANTORO Adhary, MORAES Luiza, LIMA Victoria, HERNANDEZ Roberta, CHIAPPINI Izabella 3, ARAUZO Marina, VELOSO Tatiana, COUTINHO Mirella 3, BAHIA Viviane, BELCHIOR Amanda

Extraplayer:
KAZ: 2/8
BRA:  0/3

Penalties:
KAZ: 1/1
BRA: 0/0

Referees:  KNIGHTS Stephen (NZL), SHAMSUTDINOVA Diana (UZB)

In the opening match of the day, both teams wanted to leave the tournament with their heads up. Nevertheless Brazil showed more quality at the beginning and arrived to the half time leading by 5-2. The margin during the second part remained at the same level, and the South Americans, who had Isabella Chiappini and Mirella Coutinho in great shape with three goals each, celebrated their second consecutive win in the championship, concluded in 13th place.

Places 9th – 12th: NEW ZEALAND 20 - UZBEKISTAN 1

Quarters: 5-0, 2-0, 4-1, 9-0

Teams:
New Zealand: MURPHY Olivia, GRAHAM Taymee 1, MAHADEVAN Renuka 2, LALA Nina 1, COUVE-CAMPBELL Simone 1, PARKS Rebecca 2, GEARY Chelsea, LOPES DA SILVA Caitlin 2, REWI- HENRY Natashia, BURNS Rachel 2, FERIGO Ricci 6, ENOKA Kate 2, HERRIOT Zephyr 1

Uzbekistan: Elena DUKHAKOVA, DADABAEVA Nellya , LARCHENKO Anastasiya, PIFTOR Eseniya, DJUMALIEVA Angelina, SHAYDULLINA Regina, MOROZOVA Ekaterina, NIGMATULLINA Rufina, UMAROVA Liliya 1, KOZLOUSKAYA Valeriya, TESHABAEVA Ziedahon, PULATOVA Maftuna, KAMILA Abdeeva

Extraplayer:
NZL: 2/6
UZB: 0/4

Penalties:
NZL: 2/2
UZB: 0/0

Referees:   DABBAGHAIN Daniella (USA), ALLEN Andrew (GBR)   

Another one-direction game took place with New Zealand making a morning cruise against Uzbekistan. The two teams battled for a place among the best-ten of the tournament. New Zealanders, having Ferigo Ricci on fire (6 goals) made a flying start to the match, getting before the half time break a clear difference of seven goals, while Uzbeks did not seem able to cause any real threat and only scored their solitary during the third period. After this result, New Zealand will play against Canada for the 9th place.
   
Places 9th- 12th: CANADA  21 - UKRAINE 1
Quarters: 4-0, 4-1, 6-0, 7-0

Teams:
Canada: GAUDREAULT Jessica, LEKNESS Rae Francis 2, STEENKAMER Rebekka 1, SOHI Gurpreet 5, CREVIER Roxane 3, MATHEWS Kelly 1, ROBMSON Cara 1, MCKELVEY Harley 2, WRIGHT Emma 2, KINDRED Paul 2, TIELMANN Alexa 2, WRIGHT Claire

Ukraine: DVORZHETSKA Elena, BULAKH Anfisa, MELNYCHUK Anastasiya, ANDRYEYENA Mariya 1, TELYPKO Dina, LYSENKO Valeriia, SERHIEIEVA Viktoriia, FILIUSHKINA Anastasia, PALAMARCHUK Mariia, FEDUTENKO Kateryna, SHEVCHENKO Karyna, ABOIMOVA Iryna, GRES Anastasia

Extraplayer:
CAN: 2/7
UKR: 0/2   

Penalties:
CAN: 0/0
UKR: 0/0

Referees: RANDALL Lionel (RSA), ZAMBRANO Arnoldo (VEN)

Canada’s performances against Greece and Spain proved that the North Americans could perhaps deserve a place in the final-eight. However, the defeat from Italy on Thursday evening forced them to fight only for the 9th position. Without much effort, the Canadians succeeded before the end of the first part to grab a safe advantage of seven goals (8-1), which gradually got more important. As it was expected, they achieved their first win at the world championship and on Saturday they will play against New Zealand for their final game in the tournament. Worth of note is the fact that after Ukraine’s goal, the players of Guy Baker scored fourteen consecutive goals!

QUARTERFINALS: USA 12 - HUNGARY 10
Quarters: 2-2, 5-2, 5-4, 0-2

USA: JOHNSON Ashleigh, GROSSMAN Ashley 1, FISCHER Makenzie, FATTAL Rachel 4, SCHROERER Tiera, VAVIC Monica 3, DAUBE Eike 1, NEUSHUL Kiley, DONOHOE Emily 1, BARR Makenzie, HILL Kodianne 1, WILLIAMS Alys 1, YOCUM Jullian

Hungary: HORVATH Anna, ILLES Anna Krisztina 4, Dora ANTAL 2, GURISATTI Greta, MISKOLCZI Ibolya Kitti 2, KOVESDI Vivien, GEMES  Alexa Anett 1, GARDA Krisztina 1, MILKOS Dora, ZIEGLER Diana, HORVATH Brigitta, POLAK Zsofia, BARNA Edina

Extraplayer:
USA: 3/6
HUN: 3/7

Penalties:
USA: 0/0
HUN: 1/1

Referees:  WENGENRORTH Ursula (SUI), JOHNSON Nicola (AUS)

The opening match of the quarterfinals phase proved once again why the USA is supposed to be one of the favourite teams for the gold medal.  Although the Americans were not on their best shape, they secured a vital qualification and came closer to the final. The first period was quite balanced, with a 2-2 tie. However, in the second quarter, USA built a difference of three goals and went to the half time with more confidence. The second half was a completely different game. One minute before the end of the third period, while USA was having an advantage of 12-7, Hungary scored a goal which kept their hopes alive. In the last period, the Magyars tried for the ultimate comeback. The game had excellent rhythm with the ball going from the one goalpost to the other. The Hungarian squad came close to two (12-10) five minutes before the end, but the Americans withstand the pressure and could celebrate a fair win.

QUARTEFINALS: AUSTRALIA 7 - SPAIN 8   
Quarters: 3-2, 3-3, 1-1, 0-2

Australia: DAVIES Michaela, COLENSO Brinte 1, CARR Emily 1, ZIMMERMAN Jessica, EARL Cathryn 1, MARTIN Shannan 1, MALLIGAN Bronte, APPEL Jayde 1, SCHMID Maddison 1, BENSON Emily 1, BARR Chloe, BAXTER Morgan, HEDGES Lilian

Spain: FERNANDEZ HERRERA Patricia, ZUNIGA Laura Vicente 1, LLAQUET Anni Espar 1, GARCIA GRAUPERA Carla, AYMERICH Roser Tarrago 3, LOPEZ Irene Gonzalez, LLAQUET Clara Espar, MUNOZ Beatriz Ortiz, PASQUAL Marta Bach 2, ALVAREZ Nar Pastor, ESFORZADO Paula Chillida, ARIZA Judith Forca 1, GONZALEZ Maria Sanchez

Extraplayer:
AUS: 2/7
ESP: 4/6

Penalties:
AUS: 0/0
ESP:  1/2

Referees: HANTSCHEL Gernot (GER), ZHANG Liang (CHN)

The second game of the quarterfinals was even more undecided than the first one. From the early beginning, the match was balanced and the lead changed quite often. Despite an early lead (3-2) from Australia, the Iberians then recovered to a 5-3 advantage, but the Aussies managed to recover and reach the half time in front (6-5). In the third period the rhythm of the game fell, but the Australians were still in control of the match (7-6). Nonetheless, it seemed the Iberians had kept the best for the end. Not only they succeeded to equalize but also after a dramatic end, with Aymerich (most valuable player) scoring the golden goal at 26 seconds from the end, they took the advantage while everything was showing extra time. As a result, they earned a place in the semifinals where they will meet Russia.

QUARTERFINALS: RUSSIA 10 - ITALY 9 (Extra time)
Quarters: 5-3, 1-3,1-2, 2-1, 1-0, 0-0

Teams:
Russia: CHAMORDO Victoria, ANTONOVA Diana 1, SIMANOVKH Anastasia 1, KARIMOVA Elvina 3, PERFILYEVA Natalia, BELOVA Olga, KUZINA Svetlana 1, RYZHKOVA Daria, PODELSHCHIKOVA Vasilisa, BOGDANOVA Anna 1, IARONDAIKINA Nade 2, BABYKSHINA Dinara 1, VERKHOGLYADOVA Anastasia

Italy: SPARANO Fabiana, DARIO Sara 1, VERDUCCI Martina, VIACAVA Giulia, MILLO Alessia  2, REPETTO Laura, GALARDI Giuditta, TABANI Chiara 1, PALMIERI Valeria 3, MARLETTA Claudia 2, GRILLO Roberta, POMERI Francesca, NIGRO Divina

Extraplayer:
RUS: 1/8
ITALY: 3/14

Penalties:
RUS: 1/1
ITA:  1/2

Referees: Nikolaos BOUDRAMIS (GRE), Gabriella VARKONYI (HUN)

Another really interesting match, maybe the greatest of the five days, between two of the best teams, took place in the national swimming pool of Volos. Finally, it was Russia which laughed at the end of this incredible thriller. Four quarters were not enough, and as a result the two teams solved their differences in the extra time. But let’s take the thing from the beginning: Russia entered the match with much more confidence and at the end of the first period they were in front by 5-3. From then, Italy succeeded not only to balance but also to take the control of the match. Neither of the teams could, however, take a safe advantage – the key factor for that was the really poor rate for both squads on extra-man – and as a result the game went to extra time. There, Russia played more concentrated, while the Italians’ stress mirrored on the fact that they missed a penalty two minutes before the end of the second part followed by a lost clear cut chance on extra-man. The final whistle was a celebration time for Russia, playing against Spain in the semis.

QUARTERFINALS: GREECE 16 - GREAT BRITAIN 5

Quarters: 5-0, 4-0, 3-2, 4-3

Teams:   
Greece: DIAMANTOPOULOU Chrysoula, BENEKOU Alkistis, DIAMANTOPOULOU Vasiliki 3, CHIDIRIOTI Ioanna, PLEVRITOU Eleftheria 3, XENAKI Eleni 2, KALOGERAKOU Michaella 3, PLEVRITOU Margarita 2, KOTSIA Christina 1, SORA Maria, BENEKOU Ioli- Aggeliki, KONTOGIANNI Stamatina 2, TEREFU Stefania

Great Britain: SMITH Jade, TASKEN Lauren, GRIMES Honor, GILBERT Sophie, CHADDERTON Ella,  HESKETH Katie 2,  TAFAZOLLI Brook, NIXON Claire 1, HUCK Rosemary 1, DEAN Courtney, ELLIOT  Danielle 1, OSCROFT Rhianne, THOMPSON Kate

Extraplayer:
GRE: 4/7
GBR: 1/7

Penalties:
GRE: 1/2
GRB: 1/1

Referees:   FLORESTANO Natacha (BRA), MACKAY William (USA)

This match was the less stressful of all the quarterfinals games. Greece this time, being the clear favourite, appeared much more concentrated in order to prevent troubles like against Canada. The score at half time was 9-0 for the home country and the second part also went without major problems for the Hellenic side. Eventually, the difference stopped at +11. The easy win allowed Greek coach, Giorgos Morfesis, to give more playing time to athletes who haven’t played a lot in the previous days such as Stefania Terefu and Maria Sora and also to rest the basic players. Greece is now turning its attention to the difficult semifinal against the USA, where for the first time they are supposed to be the… outsiders.