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Day 3, World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championship: United States, Netherlands, Russia and Greece advance to quaterfinals

by ZwemZa on September 12th, 2019

United States, Netherlands, Russia and Greece, as leaders of their groups, advanced this Wednesday to the round of quaterfinals in the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo World Championship.

The Madeira Island is giving luck to these four national teams. United States was the best team in Group A. Netherlands surpassed Spain in Group B. Russia is following successfully the title’s defense, with three victories out of three in Group C; while Greece imposed its power in Group D.

Leading the group means for all of them being in the round of quaterfinals.

Japan, Kazakhstan, Portugal and New Zeland will play for 13th-16th positions while the other eight teams that are competing in Funchal (POR) will play a playoff in the round of 16.

Only four more teams, among Hungary, Australia, Spain, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, China and Canada, will be in the quaterfinals too.

Progress points:

Group A: United States 5, Hungary 4, Australia 2, Japan 1

Group B: Netherlands 5, Spain 5, Brazil 2, Kazakhstan 0

Group C: Russia 6, Italy 4, South Africa 2, Portugal 0

Group D: Greece 6, China 4, Canada 2, New Zealand 0

Wednesday Schedule:

Match 19, 9.00, Group D, GREECE 8 CHINA 6

Match 20, 10.20, Group D, CANADA 8 NEW ZEALAND 4

Match 17, 11.40, Group C, SOUTH AFRICA 1 RUSSIA 21

Match 21, 13.00, Group A, HUNGARY 12 JAPAN 10

Match 22, 16.00, Group A, UNITED STATES 9 AUSTRALIA 8

Match 23, 17.20, Group B, BRAZIL 3 SPAIN 14

Match 24, 18.40, Group B, NETHERLANDS 16 KAZAKHSTAN 4

Match 18, 20.00, Group C, PORTUGAL 4 ITALY 18

Quarters: 0-7, 0-3, 1-7, 0-4

Referees: Giovanni Ungaretti Gallotti (BRA) and Daniel Federico Daners Chao (URG)

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel, Jennifer Everett, Boati Motau, Astrid Faustmann, Hanna Muller (1), Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs, Hanna Weppelman, Jordan Wedderburn, Chloe Meecham, Lucy Miszewski, Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf (1), Elizaveta Zaplatina (4), Margarita Pystina (5), Anastassia Diachenko (1), Polina Popova (3), Daria Chagochkina (1), Anastasia Leonova (1), Regina Galimzianova (2), Tatiana Tolkunova (1), Anastasiia Shapkina (2), Nadezhda Lipskaia, Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.

The result is conclusive. It evidences, on the one hand, that Russia – the current champion – wants to win this World Championship too. And, on the other hade, it evidences that South Africa must continue its learning process against the great rivals of the international scene. The defender of the title won by 1-21, with ten different players scoring in the game. Russia closed an impeccable group stage, with 6 points out of 6.

Delaine Mentoor (RSA) – Head Coach

I think that half players of my team were afraid of Russia and the other half were ready to compete. It is really tough as a coach to help my team in this situation. The players felt that it was a big game. And it was a big game because Russia is the world champion. How can we do this? It is amazing to play against Russia! They are awesome and it was a good opportunity to learn.

Svetlana Stepakhina (RUS) – Player

Our group was easy. We had only a tough game, against Italy. This match against South Africa was easy for our team. The next game will be harder but I believe in my team. I hope we arrive in the final game of the World Championship again.

Lucia Santiago, FINA Press Correspondent from Portugal

 

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