CHINA, Changshu (May 30) – Australia, Russia and the United States continued their dominance with two victories each after day 2 of the 2012 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final in Changshu (CHN) while the home squad registered a clean win (15-4) over Germany. China and Greece continue to look strong, each winning one game. Canada, Germany and Italy are still in the race despite their two losses.
Game 5, USA 8 – GREECE 4
(2-0, 2-1, 3-2, 1-1)
Referees: Cristina Taccini, Daniel Flahive
USA: Elizabeth Armstrong, Heather Petri, Melissa Seidemann, Brenda Villa (captain), Lauren Wengerl, Margaret Steffens, Courtney Mathewson, Jessica Steffens, Elsie Windes, Kelly Rulon, Annika Dries, Kameryn Craig, Tumuaialii Anae. Head coach: Adam Krikorian.
GREECE: Kouvdou Eleni, Tsoukala Christina Chrysoula, Kotsia Christina, Psouni Ilektra Maria, Charalampidi Stefania, Avramidou Alkisti, Asimaki Avramidou (captain), Charalampidi Ioanna, Plevritou Eleftheria, Triantaf Manolioudaki, Plevritou Margarita, Koutogianni Stamatina, Diamantopoulou Vasiliki. Head coach: Georgios Morfesis.
U.S. captain Brenda Villa was the best Scorer of the day with four successful shots, including one from a penalty shootout at 1:43 in the first quarter. It was Kameryn Craig who opened the Greek gate at 4:20. She also scored a goal at 0.06 in the third quarter, bringing the U.S. lead to 7. Greece could not do much against the defending champions. In the second period, team captain Avramidou Asimaki scored Greece’s first goal at 4:15. Teammates Stefania Charalampidi and Christina Tsoukala added two more for Greece in the third period. Tsoukala’s second successful attempt in the last period was not enough for the Greek team, having to settle with a total score of 4-8.
U.S. team Head coach, Adam Krikorian, said on the victory: “I have two different feelings. I’m happy with their play of defence but we lack offence and intelligence. I expected more on the offence, we made bad decisions and missed many shots. We could be better on that. In fact, I thought yesterday our offence was better than today. Greece, though it is a young team, is still good.”
Greece’s Head coach Georgios Morfesis commented on the loss: “The USA is the best team in the world. Half of our players are young. We could not find a solution to attack but I think the results 4-8 is all right for us. Last year’s world champions was another team. Our young players need a lot of work and experience.”