WUGC 2012: Day 4 - Open Division top seeds hold, Japan beats USA in a stunning Women`s Division game
11 July 2012
Top Seeds Canada, United States, Japan, and Australia all remain undefeated after the first game of power pools in the Open Division. Canada and Australia faced tough tests from Great Britain and Germany, respectively. Both teams pulled away late on the strength of their defense and athleticism. The U.S. and Japan gained early leads on both of their opponents and never looked back. After an early break by the Swedish, the defense of the USA took over, building a 9-3 halftime lead. The U.S. cruised to a 17-7 victory in the second half. The top seeds will match up tomorrow with Australia vs. the U.S. and Japan vs. Canada.
Women’s Division - Japan defeats USA: In an exciting match-up, Japan overtook the USA 16-14 in a game early Tuesday morning. Despite building an early 4-1 lead, the United States could not hold due to the strong play of the handlers of Japan. Akina Fujikawa, Eri Hirai, and Moe Sameshima provided a very steady presence for their offensive line. Georgia Bosscher had an incredible game, often being the spark to USA’s offense. Emily Damon also had a break out defensive performance, gaining three layout blocks in quick succession early in the game. However, the USA zone was not enough to contain the experience handling core of Japan. Often employing a three man cup, USA attempted to slow down the quick moving Japanese offense, but was unsuccessful in the early going. Late in the game, and down several points, USA adjusted with a 4 woman cup which got them back into the game. While the U.S. would tie the game at 14-14, Japan would quickly end it, solving the zone and scoring on the ensuing defensive point. Both teams could very well meet in semi-finals or finals, and it would be a highly anticipated rematch.
Mixed Division Mayhem - Colombia Upsets Germany: With the score 12-12, game to 14, Colombia navigated a swarming German defense to go up 13-12. Germany quickly tied the game, sending the game to universe point. With the game on the line, a last second dump pass opened up a huge deep opportunity and Colombia capitalized. The receiver catching it just short of the end zone. After a few more close calls, Colombia found themselves the victor 14-13.
With material from the official WUGC 2012 Newsletter.