Abbotsford’s Alexa Tielmann and Team Canada defeated Hungary, 7-5, in the women’s water polo quarterfinals Thursday, at the 2015 Summer Universiade.
“We took control of the match during the beginning of the game since we had many opportunities on offence. We were able to play at our rhythm and the girls executed very well,” said head coach David Paradello.
Kelly McKee put Canada up 6-3 and the teams traded two more goals in the fourth before Canada was able to hold on for the win.
Canada moved to 4-0 in the women’s water polo preliminaries after securing a 15-11 victory against Japan on Tuesday.
With that win, Canada clinched first place in Group A.
Tielmann, a regular starter, has accumulated close to 80 minutes of play over the course of preliminaries and the knockout stage.
The Abbotsford native has also managed three steals, three blocks and two goals with a 28.6 per cent shot-efficiency rate in the preliminaries.
The Canadian women opened the tournament with a 16-8 win over Serbia. They then squeezed past Russia, the defending gold medalists, 9-8, before dominating the Chinese in a match that ended 11-5.
On Saturday, July 11, Canada will face an Italian side that has loss just one game until this point, narrowly defeating Japan, 13-12, in their quarterfinal match on Thursday.
The women’s water polo event comes to an end July 13 with the gold medal match slated for 8 p.m.