USA, Australia, Spain, Hungary Set for Women’s Water Polo Semis at Worlds

World Aquatics Championships – Women’s Water Polo

The United States, Australia, Spain and Hungary are still in the running for medals in women’s water polo at the World Championships after quarterfinal victories on Monday.

The USA will play Australia and Spain will meet Hungary in the semifinals on Wednesday.

In other Monday results, both of the ninth through 12th place classification matches went to penalty shootouts with Canada edging past China and Kazakhstan topping New Zealand. Canada and Kazakhstan will meet in Wednesday’s ninth place game, while China and New Zealand will face off for 11th place.

Meanwhile, Japan claimed 13th place and Cuba grabbed 15th with wins over South Africa and South Korea respectively on Monday.

Monday’s Top Scorers

5 Dalia Grau Quintero, Cuba vs. Korea, 7/22
5 Madonni Chavez Pena, Cuba vs. Korea, 7/22
5 Jennifer Plasencia Suarez, Cuba vs. Korea, 7/22
5 Arisel Gonzalez Sanchez, Cuba vs. Korea, 7/22
5 Yumi Arima, Japan vs. South Africa, 7/22
4 Akari Inaba, Japan vs. South Africa, 7/22
4 Jing Zhang, China vs. Canada, 7/22
4 Bernadette Doyle, New Zealand vs. Kazakhstan, 7/22
4 Anastassiya Mirshina, Kazakhstan vs. New Zealand, 7/22
4 Maddie Musselman, USA vs. Greece, 7/22
4 Anna Espar I Lllaquet, Spain vs. Netherlands, 7/22
4 Maica Garcia Godoy, Spain vs. Netherlands, 7/22
3 Daniuska Carrasco Leyva, Cuba vs. Korea, 7/22
3 Miku Koide, Japan vs. South Africa, 7/22
3 Kotori Suzuki, Japan vs. South Africa, 7/22
3 Kyra Christmas, Canada vs. China, 7/22
3 Morgan McDowall, New Zealand vs. Kazakhstan, 7/22
3 Rowie Webster, Australia vs. Russia, 7/22
3 Sabrina Van Der Sloot, Netherlands vs. Spain, 7/22

Monday Results

July 22. Matchup Result
Quarterfinals USA vs. Greece USA 15-5
Quarterfinals Russia vs. Australia Australia 9-7
Quarterfinals Spain vs. Netherlands Spain 12-8
Quarterfinals Italy vs. Hungary Hungary 7-6
9th through 12th Classification Canada vs. China Canada 17-16 (7-6 Shootout)
9th through 12th Classification New Zealand vs. Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 14-12 (4-2 Shootout)
13th Place Japan vs. South Africa Japan 21-2
15th Place South Korea vs. Cuba Cuba 30-0

Monday Recaps

In the quarterfinals, the team that grabbed the early lead held on for the win in all four games with the USA, Australia, Spain and Hungary moving on to the semifinals.

The United States jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Greece and held on for a 15-5 win to claim its spot in the semifinals.

Makenzie Fischer scored twice in the opening rally, while seven different players scored as the team cruised to an 8-2 halftime advantage.

Nikoleta Eleftheriadou put in a 6-meter direct shot in a free throw situation with 4:05 to play in the third quarter and Eleni Xenaki added a center shot goal less than a minute later (3:17) to cut the margin to four at 8-4.

The Americans answered with a 7-1 run to end the game. Maddie Musselman scored four times, including one extra-player goal, in the final stretch.

Musselman led 10 American scorers with four goals, while Aria Fischer and Makenzie Fischer each scored twice. The USA scored on 15 of 30 shots, including 5 of 8 extra-player tries.

Eleftheriadou and Xenaki each scored twice for Greece. The Greeks made 5 of 18 shots, including 2 of 5 extra-player opportunities.

Australia built a 4-1 halftime lead, giving the team enough cushion to withstand a 6-goal push from Russia in the final 16 minutes of a 9-7 victory.

Hannah Buckling scored twice and Rowie Webster added a penalty goal as Australia went ahead 4-1 at the half.

Russia was back within one at 5-4 after a center shot goal by Anna Timofeeva, an action shot by Olga Gorbunova and an extra-player goal by Ekaterina Prokofyeva. Down 6-4 with eight minutes to play, Russia got extra-player goals from Daria Ryzhkova (5:47) and Evgeniya Ivanova (4:38) to tie the game at 6.

Webster put in an action shot and penalty shot and Elle Armit scored a center shot to put the Aussies up 9-6 with 2:31 to go. Elvina Karimova ended the scoring with a final goal for Russia with 1:15 to play. The Russians also had two shots save and hit the post once in the final two minutes of the game.

Webster registered a hat trick to lead Australia, while Buckling and Bronte Halligan added two goals apiece. The Aussies scored 9 of 25 shots, including two penalties.

Karimova scored twice to lead Russia as the team made 7 of 29 shots, including 5 of 14 extra-player tries.

Spain rattled off six goals to lead off a 12-8 win over the Netherlands.

Anna Espar I Llaquet put in two goals in the first four minutes of the game and added a third to start the second quarter, giving Spain a 7-1 advantage.

The Dutch cut the margin to three at 8-5 on an extra-player goal by Bente Rogge (6:27, 3rd), following two action shots and a center shot score to close out the first half.

A penalty by Espar I Llaquet and an extra-player goal by Irene Gonzalez Lopez made it 10-5. The teams traded goals from there to cap the 12-8 win for the Spaniards. Sabrina Van Der Sloot scored the final goal of the game on a penalty with 51 seconds left.

Espar I Lllaquet and Maica Garcia Godoy scored four goals apiece to lead Spain. The Spaniards put in 12 of 28 shots, including 5 of 11 extra-player shots and its lone penalty.

The Dutch were led by Van Der Sloot’s hat trick and two goals by Simone Van De Kraats. The team made 8 of 30 shots, including 3 of 6 extra-player tries and its lone penalty.

Hungary outscored Italy 4-2 in the opening stanza and held on for the slight 7-6 victory to claim the final spot in the semifinals.

Two action shots and two extra-player goals gave Hungary the 4-2 first quarter advantage. Italy countered with two of the next three goals to pull within one at 5-4 at halftime.

Chiara Tabani added an extra-player goal three minutes into the third quarter to knot the score at 5. Elisa Queirolo put in an action shot with seven minutes to play to level the score at 6. Dora Leimeter scored the game winner for Hungary with 4:50 to go. Each team had five more chances down the stretch, but could not find the back of the net.

Greta Gurisatti and Leimeter scored two goals apiece to lead five Hungarian scorers. Hungary made 7 of 28 shots, including 3 of 9 extra-player opportunities and its lone penalty.

Six different players scored for Italy as the team made 6 of 26 shots, including 3 of 9 extra-player tries.

9th through 12th place

In the ninth through 12th place classification matches both contests went to penalty shootouts with Canada and Kazakhstan coming up victorious.

Canada and China were tied at 10 after regulation and both teams made their first six penalty tries before Danyi Zhang‘s attempt was saved and Hayley McKelvey followed with a goal to clinch the win for Canada.

Down 10-8 with 3:49 to play, Canada put in two goals in the fourth quarter to knot the score. Monika Eggens notched an extra-player goal with 3:22 to go and Kyra Christmas added one of her own with 47 seconds left to make it 10-all.

Christmas and McKelvey hit both of their penalty tries, while Huan Wang made two for China, before the Zhang attempt, which was saved to open the door for the Canadian victory.

Christmas scored three goals for Canada, while McKelvey added two. Canada made 10 of its 34 shots in regulation, including 5 of 13 extra-player tries.

Jing Zhang put in four goals for China, while Dunhan Xiong, Xiao Chen and Wang scored twice each. China put in 10 of 28 goals, including 4 of 11 extra-player tries.

Kazakhstan led 6-3 after the first quarter, only to see New Zealand draw even at 10 forcing a penalty shootout. The Kazakhs won 4-2 as the first and fourth New Zealand shots were saved.

Down 8-4 midway through the second quarter, the Kiwis scored on three extra-player tries, two by Bernadette Doyle, and an action shot by Kaitlin Howarth to tie it up at 8-all.

Morgan McDowall and Doyle kept the rally going, putting New Zealand up 10-8 with 4:16 to play. An extra-player shot by Anastassiya Mirshina and an action shot by Anna Turova knotted the score at 10.

Doyle and McDowall each had their shots saved while Kazakhstan hit all four of its penalties in the shootout.

Mirshina led Kazakhstan with four goals, while Turova and Zamira Myrzabekova added two apiece. The Kazakhs made 10 of 27 shots, including 6 of 8 extra-player tries.

Doyle put in four goals for New Zealand, while McDowall added a hat trick. The Kiwis scored on 10 of 34 shots, including 4 of 10 extra-player tries and both of its penalties.

13th Place

Japan opened the game on a 13-1 run and closed it out with seven fourth-quarter scores en route to a 21-2 victory over South Africa for 13th place.

Akari Inaba scored three times in the opening rally, while Yumi Arima and Maiko Hashida added two apiece.

South Africa scored its second goal with 2:17 to play in the third quarter as Amica Hallendorff put in an extra-player goal (13-2).

Japan closed out the game with eight goals, two by Kotori Suzuki.

Arima scored five goals to lead Japan, while Inaba added four and, Suzuki and Miku Koide put in hat tricks. Japan scored on 21 of 37 shots, including 4 of 7 extra-player tries.

South Africa scored on 2 of 22 shots, including 1 of 3 extra-player tries.

15th Place

Cuba scored eight goals in the first quarter and never let up in a 30-0 win over Korea in the 15th place game. The Cubans added nine goals in the second quarter, six in the third and seven in the fourth.

Dalia Grau Quintero, Madonni Chavez Pena, Jennifer Plasencia Suarez and Arisel Gonzalez Sanchez put in five goals apiece for Cuba, while Daniuska Carrasco Leyva added a hat trick. Cuba scored on 30 of 37 shots, including 4 of 4 extra-player tries and its lone penalty.

Korea was 0 for 24 on shots and missed its lone extra-player try. Cuban goalkeeper Arisney Ramos Betancourt saved all 11 shots she faced.


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