Match 11, Women 12:00, 15.07.03
VENEZUELA 4 RUSSIA 23
Quarters: 0-7, 2-5, 1-6, 1-5
Referees: Wang Yaqi (CHN), Georgios Stavridis (GRE)
VENEZUELA: Xomar Vilar, Andreina Diaz, Selene Rego (2), Stephany Rivero (2), Yessenia Bastardo, Thais Suarez, Rocio Galue, Almedia Aldana, Carol Caliz, Fabiola Godoy, Yesvia Alvarado, Gregory Aguilar, Serginel Maza
Coach: Carlos Fernandez.
RUSSIA: Valentina Voronisova, Natalia Shepelina (2), Ekaterina Salimova (4), Sofia Konoukh (2), Elena Smurova (1), Galina Zlotnikova, Anastassia Zoubkova (1), Veronika Linkova (3), Tatiana Petrova (4), Olga Turova (3), Ekaterina Shishova, Svetlana Bogdanova, Maria Iaina (3)
Coach: Yury Mitianin.
Russia ran riot against Venezuela, scoring in the first 15 seconds and continuing the onslaught throughout. Ekaterina Salimova scored a hat-trick in the first quarter, finishing 7-0 up. Stephany Rivero opened Venezuela's account at 8-1 with a backhand goal from two metres. She again brought the parochial Venezuelan supporters to their feet five minutes later on a cross pass. Veronika Linkova scored twice to round out the half 12-2 ahead. Russia scored six straight in the third before Venezuelan Selene Rego drove through and scored with only six hundredths of a second left on the clock. Rego scored again on the drive, shooting over Russian goalkeeper Valentina Voronisova's left shoulder one minute into the fourth quarter. But there the dream dies as Russia cruised to victory.
Match 12, Women 13:15, 15.07.03
JAPAN 3 NETHERLANDS 15
Quarters: 1-5, 0-5, 2-2, 0-3
Referees: Guy Pinner (RSA), V Prikhodko (KAZ)
JAPAN: Akiko Inagaki, Mayu Mimaki, Aya Kakoshi, Mika Yahagi, Mari Kawasaki, Naoko Koiso, Makoto Tanaka (2), Akane Yamazaki (1), Momoko Arai, Machi Yoshioka, Mari Yasumi, Tomoka Gyoten, Miki Numazaki
Coach: Fumiaki Kimura.
NETHERLANDS: Meike De Nooy, Marleen Ars, Tjarda Rodenhuis, Carla Quint (2), Simone Koot (1), Rianne Guichelaar, Karin Kuipers (3), Hanneke Kappen (1), Gillian van den Berg (2), Jorieke Oostendorp, Mieke van der Sloot (1), Heleen Peerenboom (2), Danielle de Bruin (3)
Coach: Peter Paul Metz.
Some teams just need a warm-up. Japan showed that with a spirited effort against the Netherlands after trailing 10-1 at halftime. The game started at a frenetic pace with the first five goals coming with 4:30 showing on the clock. The Dutch took this to 5-1 at the quarter and stretched it to 10-1 by halftime with seven different players scoring. The third was a different matter with Japan scoring twice, once through Makoto Tanaka on counter and the second by Akana Yamazaki, who swam across the goalmouth and sent in a right-hand backhander. Helen Peerenboom and Karin Kuipers scored their second goals in this period. In the last, Danielle de Bruin picked up her third from left-hand catch, Kuipers scored again on extra and Gillian van den Berg converted a cross pass.