July 8, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (CIS) – The Canadian women’s volleyball and basketball teams made successful debuts at the 27th Summer Universiade, on Monday, while the men’s soccer squad took a big step towards securing a spot in the FISU quarter-finals for only the second time in program history.
In volleyball, Canada downed Norway 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 and is closing in on its first quarter-final appearance at the FISU tournament since an eighth-place finish in Beijing in 2001.
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The red and white will play its second and final Pool B match Wednesday at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) against reigning Universiade Brazil. Algeria, which was also set to be in the group, withdrew just before the start of the competition, meaning the Canucks could qualify for the next round as early as Tuesday if the Brazilians beat Norway.
Lisa Barclay of Brandon, Man., and Alicia Perrin of Creston, B.C., paced the winners on offence with 11 and eight kills, respectively. Perrin added three blocks.
Shanice Marcelle of Victoria, who carried the Canadian flag into Saturday night’s opening ceremonies, had an overall solid performance with five kills, three blocks and 12 digs.
“I’m happy we’re moving closer to the quarters but I would have loved to play Algeria,” said head coach Arnd Ludwig, who is also at the helm of the senior national team. “I would have preferred to play an extra match rather than have an additional day off.”
In basketball, the Canadian women jumped out to an 18-6 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back on their way to a dominating 76-48 victory over Japan.
Lindsay Ledingham of Regina scored a match-high 19 points in only 18 minutes on the court. The six-foot forward from the University of Regina, was perfect on eight field goal attempts and missed her only shot of the contest from the foul line, where she went 3-for-4.
Up 42-20 at halftime and 63-32 after three periods, Canada dominated in every facet of the game, including a 45-24 advantage in rebounds and 54 per cent shooting from the floor (27-50), compared to 26% for its rivals (10-38).
“This result is not really a surprise. We’ve been building towards playing well and the girls have been outstanding, they’ve really learned to play well together,” said head coach Fabian McKenzie. “Lindsay was a workhorse as usual today, that’s what she’s known for in the CIS. She’s a very bright player, hits crucial shots at crucial times. She knows the offence well, she’s very smart.”
Canada plays Ukraine tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) and rounds out pool play against Taiwan Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET). Taiwan claimed silver in 2011.
The Canadian men’s soccer, basketball and water polo squads were also successful on the fourth day of competition, while men’s volleyball and women’s water polo suffered their first setbacks of the Games.
In men’s soccer, Paul Clerc of Coquitlam, B.C., and Mario Kovacevic of Woodbridge, Ont., scored in the 31st and 64th, respectively, as Canada blanked Peru 2-0 to remain undefeated after two round-robin matches.
Pool D action concludes on Wednesday when Canada (1-0-1) faces Brazil (1-0-1) at 8 p.m. local time (noon ET) and France (0-0-2) battles Peru (0-2-0). The Canadians have advanced past the group stage only once in seven previous appearances at the tournament, in 2007, when they finished fourth in Bangkok, Thailand.
“The guys showed a lot of discipline today. They remained focused on the task at hand despite unusual circumstances,” said head coach Pat Raimondo, whose troops played two men up for the close to 60 minutes after two Peruvian players were ejected before the break. “It’ll be exciting Wednesday against Brazil. It’s a big game for our program.”
The Canadian hoopsters improved to 2-0 with a lopsided 137-43 win against the United Arab Emirates. They resume pool play Wednesday against Australia.
Brady Heslip of Burlington, Ont., and Kyle Wiltjer scored 22 points apiece, while Dwight Powell had 21. Head coach Jay Triano used his entire bench as every player saw at least 10 minutes of action.
In water polo, the Canadian men jumped out to a 6-1 first-half lead and then held off a furious comeback from Georgia to win 10-9 and improve to 1-2 with two games remaining in the preliminary round.
David Lapins of Gatineau, Que., and Martin Pelland of Montreal each recorded a hat trick for the winners.
The red and white faces powerhouse Hungary Wednesday at 5 p.m. local (9 a.m. ET).
In other team sports, it was a different story for Canada in men’s volleyball and women’s water polo on Day 4.
The men’s spikers suffered an unexpected setback in Group D action, dropping a four-set decision (20-25, 25-19, 17-25, 22-25) to Chile.
Canada is considered among the favourites at the tournament after finishing in the top six at each of the last three FISU Games, including fourth in 2011 in Shenzhen, China. Meanwhile, the Chileans are competing at the biennial tourney for the second time in history, their only previous appearance dating back to 1963 when they ended up eighth and last.
With the loss, the Canadian men drop to 2-1 in pool play, making their last round-robin match against the Czech Republic on Thursday a must win if they hope to finish first in pool play. Game time is 8 p.m. local (noon ET).
Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., paced the red and white offence in the loss with 15 kills, while older brother Chris (University of Calgary) had 10.
In women’s water polo, Canada saw its preliminary round record drop to 1-1 following a crushing 24-4 loss to host Russia.
Olga Beliaeva led the charge for the winners with six goals. Teammates Ekaterina Prokofyeva and Alexandra Antonova also had big nights, recording five and four markers, respectively.
Ottawa’s Rebekka Steenkamer (Concordia University), Danika Kotylak of Maple Ridge, B.C. (Hawaï), Taylor Molde of Calgary (Hawaï) and Elyse Lemay-Lavoie of Montreal (Collège Ahuntsic) scored for Canada.
Canada currently sits in third place in Group A but can move into second with a win in its final pool match against Japan (0-2), Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET).
In athletics, four Canadians competed in finals on Monday.
Derek Lord of Whistler, B.C., had the top finish with a fourth position in the men’s 10,000. He crossed the finish line in 29:12.90.
In the men’s and women’s 100m, Sam Effah of Calgary and Shai-Anne Davis of Richmond, B.C., both took sixth place. They stopped the clock at 10.29 and 11.54, respectively.
In the women’s discuss, Rayann Chin of Pickering, Ont., was 11th with a throw of 46.44m.
In beach volleyball, Canada entered the women’s tournament with the CAN 1 pair of Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto and Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg winning their only match of the day, while the CAN 2 duo of Rachel Cockrell of Winnipeg and Charlotte Sider of Ottawa went 1-1.
In tennis, Christiaan-Lee Daigle of Tecumseh, Ont., defeated Frichard Mulenga of Zambia 6-1, 6-1 in the lone Canadian match of the day.
In fencing, Marc-André Leblanc of Shediac, N.B., was the only Canadian to reach the round of 32 in men’s epee, while Aimée Schyer of Saskatoon made it to the round of 32 in women’s foil.
In synchronized swimming, Canada finished fourth and last in team competition behind Russia, Japan and the USA.
Finally, in artistic gymnastics, the Canadian men finished 17th in team competition, which also served as qualification for individual finals. No team member was able to advance.
MONDAY, JULY 8 RESULTS
ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS – MEN
Team Competition – Final
1. Russia, 273.150; 2. Ukraine, 269.950; 3. Japan, 269.700; 17. Canada (Evan Cruz, Halifax, N.S., Tariq Dowers, Mississauga, Ont., Aiden Marsden, Sherwood Park, Alta., Cory Paterson, Oakville, Ont., Joshua Stuart, Richmond, B.C.), 239.950.
Individual all-around – Qualification Round
42. Joshua Stuart, Richmond, B.C., 79.250, does not advance; 44. Cory Paterson, Oakville, Ont., 79.350, does not advance.
Individual floor – Qualification round
34. Aiden Marsden, Sherwood, Alta., 14.050, does not advance; 45. Tariq Dowers, Missassauga, Ont., 13.850, does not advance; 54. Cory Paterson, Oakville, Ont., 13.700, does not advance; 78. Joshua Stuart, Richmond, B.C., 13.000, does not advance.
Individual rings – Qualification round
67. Joshua Stuart, Richmond, B.C., 13.250, does not advance; 72. Cory Paterson, Oakville, Ont., 13.100, does not advance; 90. Tariq Dowers, Missassauga, Ont., 12.150, does not advance; 94. Evan Cruz, Halifax, N.S., 11.750, does not advance.
Individual pummel horse – Qualification Round
24. Evan Cruz, Halifax, N.S., 14.400, does not advance; 54. Joshua Stuart, Richmond, B.C., 13.350, does not advance; 76. Cory Paterson, Oakville, Ont., 12.350, does not advance; 81. Aiden Marsden, Sherwood, Alta., 12.100, does not advance.
Individual parallel bars – Qualification Round
55. Joshua Stuart, Richmond, B.C., 13.600, does not advance; 60. Cory Paterson, Oakville, Ont., 13.350, does not advance; 70. Aiden Marsden, Sherwood, Alta., 13.000, does not advance; 71. Tariq Dowers, Missassauga, Ont., 12.950, does not advance;
Individual vault – Qualification Round
Cory Paterson, Oakville, Ont., 14.300, does not advance; Aiden Marsden, Sherwood, Alta., 13.900, does not advance; Tariq Dowers, Missassauga, Ont., 13.700, does not advance; Joshua Stuart, Richmond, B.C., 13.000, does not advance.
Individual horizontal bar – Qualification Round
45. Joshua Stuart, Richmond, B.C., 13.550, does not advance; 71. Cory Paterson, Oakville, Ont., 12.550, does not advance; 87. Evan Cruz, Halifax, N.S., 11.800, does not advance;
Aiden Marsden, Sherwood, Alta., 11.750, does not advance.
Men’s decathlon – Day 1 of 2 (after 5 events)
10. Patrick Arbour, Ottawa, Ont., SCORE (100m, 11.63, 725 pts; long jump, 6.74m, 753 pts; shot put, 14.57m, 763 pts; high jump, 1.89m, 705 pts; 400m, 53.00, 682 pts)
Women’s 400m – Semifinal
4. Alicia Brown, Ottawa, Ont., 52.46, advances to finals.
Men’s 400m hurdles – Heats
4. Tait Nystuen, Regina, Sask., 50.45, advances to semifinals.
Women’s 400m hurdles – Heat 1
2. Sarah-Lynn Wells, Unionville, Ont., 55.60, advances to semifinals.
Women’s 400m hurdles – Heat 2
3. Noelle Montcalm, Windsor, Ont., 58.04, does not advance.
Men’s javelin throw – Qualification round
20. Cody Parker, Comox, B.C., 65.77, does not advance.
Men’s 3000m steeplechase – Heats
6. Ryan Brockerville, Marystown, NFLD., 9:00.60, does not advance.
Women’s 100m – Semifinal 1
4. Khamica Bingham, Brampton, Ont., 11.78, does not advance.
Women’s 100m – Semifinal 3
2. Shai-Anne Davis, Richmond, B.C., 11.59, advances to finals.
Women’s 100m – Final
1. Aurieyall Scott, USA, 11.28; 2. Lina Grincikaite, Lithuania, 11.32; 3. Andreea Ograzeanu, Romania; 11.34 6. Shai-Anne Davis, Richmond, B.C., 11.54.
Women’s Discus – Final
1. Vera Ganeeva, Russia, 61.26; 2. Elena Panova, Russia, 56.86; 3. Maryke Oberholzer, South Africa, 54.09; 11. Rayann Chin, Pickering, Ont., 46.44.
Men’s 10000m – Final
1. Stephen Mokoka, South Africa, 28:45.96; 2. Anatoly Rybakov, Russia, 28:47.27; 3. Evgeny Rybakov, Russia, 28:47.28; 4. Derek Lord, Whistler, B.C., 29:12.90.
Men’s 100m – Semifinal 2
1. Sam Effah, Calgary, Alta., 10.34, advances to finals.
Men’s 100m – Final
1. Anaso Jobodwana, South Africa, 10.10; 2. Ryota Yamagata, Japan, 10.21; 3. Hua Koffi, Ivory Coast, 10.21; 6. Sam Effah, Calgary, Alta., 10.29.
Men’s 400m – Semifinal 1
3. Tyler Daniel Harper, Brampton, Ont., 46.26, advances to finals.
Men’s 400m – Semifinal 3
4. Benjamin Ayesu-Attah, Coquitlam, B.C., 47.11, does not advance.
Women’s 800m – Semifinal 1
3. Helen Crofts, West Vancouver, B.C., 2:01.35, advances to finals.
Women’s 800m – Semifinal 2
2. Jessica Smith, North Vancouver, B.C., 2:01.61, advances to finals.
Canada (2-0) wins 137-43 over United Arab Emirates (0-2) in second Pool C game, will face Australia (2-0) Wednesday at 5 a.m. ET (1 p.m. Kazan).
Canada (1-0) wins 76-48 over Japan (0-1) in first Pool C match, will face Ukraine (0-1) Tuesday at 2 a.m. ET (10 a.m. Kazan).
WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Canada 2 (Rachel Cockrell, Winnipeg, Man. / Charlotte Sider, Ottawa, Ont.) wins 2-1 over Mexico and loses 2-0 to Germany 1. Finishes Day 1 with 1-1 record, will play Wednesday (time TBD).
Canada 1 (Melissa Humana-Paredes, Toronto, Ont. / Taylor Pischke, Winnipeg, Man.) wins 2-0 over China, finishes Day 1 with 1-0 record, will face Brazil 1 (0-1) Tuesday at 5 a.m. ET (1 p.m. Kazan)
Men’s Epee – Preliminary Round
Marc-Andre Leblanc, Shediac, N.B., goes 4-2, advances; John Wright, Ottawa, Ont., goes 2-4, advances; Kerr Hutchinson, Kingston, Ont., goes 2-4, advances; David Shorey, Surrey, B.C., goes 2-4 advances.
Men’s Epee – Direct Elimination of 128
David Shorey, Surrey, B.C., wins 15-14 over Narayan Pathi, USA; John Wright, Ottawa, Ont., loses 15-10 to Peer Borsky, Switzerland; Kerr Hutchinson, Kingston, Ont., loses 15-9 to Hasmie Bin Sohaini, Malaysia.
Men’s Epee – Direct Elimination of 64
Marc-Andre Leblanc, Shediac, N.B., wins 15-9 over Andrii Lopatenko, Ukraine; David Shorey, Surrey, B.C., loses 15-5 to Sten Priinits, Estonia.
Men’s Epee – Direct Elimination of 32
Marc-Andre Leblanc, Shediac, N.B., loses 15-9 to Ido Herpe, Israel.
Women’s Foil – Preliminary round
Aimee Schryer, Saskatoon, Sask., goes 3-2, advances.
Women’s Foil – Round of 32
Aimee Schryer, Saskatoon, Sask., loses 15-3 to Narae Lee, Korea.
Canada (1-0-1) wins 2-0 over Peru (0-2-0) in second Pool D match, will face Brazil (0-1-1) Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET (8 p.m. Kazan).
1. Russia, 98.010; 2. Japan, 92.570; 3. USA, 86.350; 4. Canada (Janelle Ball, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., Gabriella Brisson, Calgary, Alta., Rachel Fréchette, Deux-Montagnes, Que., Katherine MacLeod, Pointe-Claire, Que., Rebecca Maule, Guelph, Ont., Samantha Nealon, Guelph, Ont., Lisa Sanders, Gormley, Ont.), 83.940.
Men’s singles – Round 1
Christiaan Lee-Daigle, Tecumseh, Ont., wins 6-1, 6-1 over Frichard Mulenga, Zambia; Next match TBD.
Women’s singles – Round 1
Dominique Harmath, Toronto, Ont., matched delayed to Tuesday at 3 a.m. ET (11 a.m. Kazan)
Canada (2-1) loses 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 17-25, 22-25) to Chile (1-1) in third Pool D match, will face Czech Republic (2-0) Thursday at 12 p.m. ET (8 p.m. Kazan).
Canada (1-0) wins 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-19) over Norway (0-1) in first Pool B match, will face Brazil (0-0) Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET (3 p.m. Kazan).
MEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (1-2) wins 10-9 over Georgia (0-3) in second Pool A match, will face Hungary (2-0) Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET (5 p.m. Kazan).
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (1-1) loses 24-4 to Russia (2-0) in the second Pool A match, will face Japan (0-1) Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. ET (3:30 p.m. Kazan).