Greece finish 2nd in FINA Women’s Junior World Championships
Greece’s women’s junior water polo team won the silver medal at the FINA World championships in Volos, after losing out in penalties to Russia in Saturday’s final.
Greek water polo is celebrating another achievement after the Women’s Junior National Team (U20) won the silver medal at the World Championships in Volos. The Greek team eliminated the tournament favorites, Netherlands, in the semi-finals of the competition and matched up against a powerful Russian side in Saturday’s gold medal match.
It was a jam-packed eight goal first period with the two teams sharing the spoils before a similar second period awaited, where the teams again went on a scoring spree to go into halftime tied at 7-7.
Russia took a two-goal advantage, 9-7, in the third period after keeping Greece away from the net, however the Ethniki did the same in the fourth period and with Protopappas’ two goals (the second with only a minute remaining), sent the game to a penalty shootout.
In the shootout, Russia more composed and although Greece’s Stamatopoulou made three great saves, the Russians prevailed 17-16 (9-9 in regulation) to win the gold medal.
Greece’s display and silver medal at the World Championships leaves high hopes for a bright future in Greek Women’s water polo. A reminder, the Men’s national team in the same age category, won the gold medal at the World Championships last month.