Canada- Spain and Russia-USA are the couples of the semi finals of the World Women’s Junior Championship in Volos.

Spain celebrated the ticket to the semi finals, beating Hungary (12-9) in the first chronologically quarter final and will confront  The game, as predicted was very interesting but Spain was leading the score till the first period. Ιrene Gonzalez hit the target 5 times, so the team of Havier Perez grabbed the vital victory.

They will confront Canada who beat Greece, in front of many people who got to the swimming pool of Volos, in order to support their team.  Canada, due to his pertinence and the lack of concentration of the Greek players managed to take a lead in the second period (5-4). Afterwards, they team of David Paradello obtained a big difference (10-6), Greece tried to reduce it, but it was late.

Russia was impressive in the match against Italy and she reached the semi finals too. The team of Aleksandr Gaidukov started the game with a sharp 4-2 in the first period, as Italians seemed tired and not in a good condition. Russia’s defense was magnificent, Italy couldn’t easily during the whole game, so the final 15-10 was a fair result.

They will battle in the semifinals USA, that beat Brazil 12-9, in a very controversial game, where the two games were close to score until the second period. Brazil was very competitive but USA more purposeful in finding the target from the extraplayer.

The quarter finals in details:

HUNGARY-SPAIN 9-12 (3-4, 2-4, 3-3, 1-1)

Hungary (M. Petrovic): Gurisati 3, Kuna 1, Mate 1, Horvath 1, Leimeter 1, Sikter 1, Shilagyi 1

Spain (X. Perez): Gonzalez I. 4, Forca 2, Crespi 2, Leiton 2, Gonzalez A. 1,  Ortiz 1

Extraplayer: HUN (2/7), ESP (3/5)

Penalties: HUN (1/1), ESP (0/0)

Referees: Dumas (NED), Birakis (GRE)

ITALΥ– RUSSIA 10-15 (2-4, 1-2, 2-5, 5-4)

Ιtaly (P. Zizza): Picozzi 4, Marletta 2, Ranalli 1, Galardi 1  Gragnolati 1

Russia (A. Gaidukov): Simanovich 3, Kolmakova 3,  Zubkova 2, , Borisova 2, Ryzhkova 2, Trotskaya 1, Poliakova 1, Koryakina 1,

Extraplayer : ΙΤΑ (5/11), RUS (4/9)

Penalties : ITA (1/1), RUS (1/1)

Referees: Varkonyi (Hungary), Zhang (CHN)

USA- BRAZIL 12-9 (3-3, 3-2, 4-3, 2-1)

Usa (C. Simmons): Fischer 4, Neushul 3, Brooks 2, Raney 1, Mutafyan 1, Loughlin 1

Brazil (P. Oaten):  Chiappini 3, Duarte 2, Abla 2,  Ferreira 1, Santoro 1

Extraplayer:  USA (3/4), BRZ (3/8)

Penalties: USA (0/0), BRZ (0-0)

Referees: Dreval (RUS),  Colominas (ESP)

GREECE-CANADA 9-10 (2-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2)

Greece (G. Morfesis): Charalampidi 3, Pleuritou E. 2, Chydirioti 2, Χenaki 2

Canada (D. Paradelo): Christmas 5, Wright 2, Matthews 1, McCelvey 1, Crevier 1

Extraplayer: GRE (5/10), CAN  (4/7)

Penalties:  0/0, 0/0

Referees: Βartels (AUS), Florestano (BRA)

The schedule of tomorrow:

10:00 Μexico- Japan  (places 11-12)

11:20 New Zealand- Australia (places 9-10)

12:40 Italy-Brazil (places 5-8)

17:20 Greece-Hungary (places 5-8)

18:40 Canada-Spain (places 1-4)

20:00 Russia-USA (places 1-4)

*** The 12th World Women’ Junior Championship will be organised again in Volos.

*** Official dinner took place in a beautiful village with amazing view (Portaria) near Volos.