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Volos 2017: Canada finishes second of Group C after defeating Serbia 14-4

(Volos, Greece – September 5 2017) - The Canadian women had a great third showing as they defeated Serbia 14 to 4 at the 2017 FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships in Volos, Greece. The Canadians dominated the second half, outscoring the Serbians 9-1 to earn the victory and confirm the second place in Group C.

Canada had strong start in the first quarter, Brianna Utas opened the score from outside. Nearly 30 seconds later Axelle Crevier beat the goalkeeper on a one-one opportunity. Maria Mimides would add one more goal on the Canadian power play to give her team a 3-0 lead.

Serbia scored three goals in the second quarter to come within one of the Canadian squad (4-3). Crevier netted her second of the game with only 13 seconds left to give her team a 5-3 lead at halftime.

Canada stepped up their offensive game in the third quarter, scoring 5 unanswered goals. Crevier found the back of the net twice in the opening minutes. Blaire McDowell tallied her first of the tournament on the extra-man to give Canada an 8-3 lead. Emma Fraser scored one more on a nice setup from Nina Ceklic. The Serbian goalie was then surprised by nice shot from outside by Myriam Lizotte, the Canadian squad was up 10-3 heading to final quarter.

Joelle Nacouzi scored two goals in the opening minutes of the fourth to extend the Canadian lead (12-3). Emily Aikema capitalized on a fast-break opportunity giving the Canadian squad a 13-3 lead. Serbia scored one with 2:30 to go, but Peggy Jean Allin netted her second of the game to regain a 10 goal lead. In the end, the diversity of the Canadian attacks helped the team record a 14-4 win and finish second in their group.

“The game became ours after the first quarter. The support that each of our players provided for one another allowed us to control the game with consistent blocks and great shots. In our next game, we will need to control from the beginning for another success.” indicated Blaire McDowell.

Canada will now face New Zealand in the crossover. This matchup will take place September 6 at 18:40 local time/ 11:40 ET. Live stream is available: https://telesport.gr/ (Live 1).



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