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FINA World Championships: Canada eliminates Kazakhstan and moves to women's tournament quarterfinals

Barcelona, July 27, 2013 (Sportcom)
– The women’s water polo team cruised past the Kazakh squad, Saturday evening, at the FINA World Championships presented in Barcelona, Spain. The 14-8 victory put the Canadians through to the quarterfinals, where they’ll take on Russia.

Hailing from British Columbia, sisters Monika and Carmen Eggens led the charge, netting half of Team Canada’s goals. Monika was the most prolific, scoring on four occasions.

The Canadians got off to a great start, scoring two quick goals. Emma Wright got the first one, followed by a Christine Robinson marker. The Kazakhs eventually got one back, beating Michèle Relton to get on the scoreboard.

Krystina Alogbo and Monika Eggens both scored before the end the first quarter. At 3-2, Relton made her best save of the day to keep the Canadians lead intact.

“They took advantage of our little errors to score a couple of goals, but we really started the match off well, team captain Alogbo pointed out. We had control of the match at that point, but we really took off at the beginning of the second quarter.”

Monika Eggens stayed hot in the next stanza, adding three more goals, while her sister Carmen potted a goal of her own. Sophie Baron-Lasalle also got in on the act, adding another marker, stretching the lead to 9-3 at the break.

The two teams played to a draw in the 3rd quarter, each scoring 3 times. Carmen Eggens, Dominique Perreault and Marina Radu scored for the Canadians, making it 12-6 with a quarter to play.

Wright and Carmen Eggens made it 14-6 before the Kazakhs brought the game back to respectability, scoring twice. It was all too little too late, however, as the Canadians cruised into the quarterfinals with an easy victory.

“Today (Saturday) it was the Eggens sisters that carried the load, putting 7 goals up on the scoreboard while five other girls completed the scoring,” Alogbo stated. Our biggest strength is that we have five different girls that can score on a regular basis. One day it’s one girl, the next day it’s someone else.”

Other members of the Canadian squad included Katrina Monton, Joëlle Bekhazi, Stéphanie Valin and second goalie Nicola Colterjohn, who made her first appearance in the competition today. Team Canada will now go on to face the Russians in the quarterfinals on Monday.

“We are obviously happy to advance to the quarterfinals,” said head coach Guy Baker. “With so many good teams in this tournament, things can be unpredictable. For example, China got knocked out of the competition today despite winning the World League Super Final a few weeks ago. We just have to be prepared and ready to meet Russia.”

“The Kazakhs play a bit like the Russians, so they were good preparation for us today, but it also helps that we’ve recently played Russia, having met them in a friendly before the World Championships,” Alogbo explained. “The key will be to stop them from being the aggressors in the match, and for us, passing the ball efficiently will be our best chance of winning.”

The Russians finished first in their group, automatically qualifying for the quarterfinals. They will have thus benefitted from three days of rest before Monday’s tilt with the Canadians.

Sunday morning, the Canadian men's team will take on Montenegro in a qualification match, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals.

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