Abbotsford’s Alexa Tielmann and the women’s water polo team secured a comfortable 16-8 victory against Serbia in their opening match in this year’s Summer Universiade, which kicked-off July 2 in Gwangju, South Korea.
Canada won all four sprints and managed a quick score in the fourth quarter. Tielmann scored once and the team’s power play was exceptional, netting five goals with the man advantage.
The women’s team then took on Russia, the defending gold medalists, in what was a tight match until Canada put up four goals in the third quarter.
Though Russia clawed back within one after a two-goal fourth quarter, Canada secured the win, 9-8, to remain undefeated (2-0) in preliminary group play action.
Tielmann and Team Canada play again Monday, July 6 against China at 10:30 a.m.
The Summer Universiade is an international sporting event that occurs every two year, with participants having to be full-time students at a post-secondary institution or must have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.