August 14, 2011
Summer Universiade (Aug 14): Team Canada daily recap (#3)
Photo Credit Freestyle Photography
SHENZHEN, China (CIS) – On the fourth day of competition
at the 26h Summer Universiade, men’s basketball continued to
be a highlight for Team Canada on Sunday as they stunned defending
champion Serbia to stay unbeaten after two outings.
The new moniker of Canada’s hoopsters should be the
‘Cardio Kids’ as the squadron used their conditioning
to run their second straight opponent into the ground, downing the
Serbians 70-67 to take sole possession of first place in Pool
It was Canada’s effort in the third quarter that proved to
be the difference. Trailing by seven at halftime, the Canucks
utilized a 12-to-4 run to take their first lead of the night midway
through the frame on a Nathan Yu lay-up. Saskatoon native Michael
Lieffers was the catalyst during that stretch, scoring six of his
13 points in the quarter, including throwing down a two-handed slam
over a Serbian defender that brought the crowd to its feet.
“We are all pretty similar guys, on and off the court, and
right now it’s just clicking,” said Lieffers in the
postgame media scrum. “We were confident going into this
game, we knew it was going to be close, we have a goal of winning
this tournament and tonight was a step towards that
Canada closed the third stanza up four (55-51) and opened a
nine-point advantage in the fourth before Serbia clued in that they
couldn’t walk their way to another Universiade title. Forward
Vladimir Lucic helped bring his team to within two points (66-64),
scoring eight of his game-high 25 in the fourth, but it
wasn’t enough, as Canada closed out the win at the free throw
The Canadians (2-0) are back in action on Wednesday when they
face Australia (0-1) at 10 a.m. local time (Tuesday 10 p.m. ET).
Australia lost their opener to Serbia 72-67.
In women’s basketball, Canada opened pool play with an ugly
52-50 win over Poland. Kendel Ross of Sarnia, Ont., scored a
team-high 13 points, including the game’s winning basket with
only four seconds left in regulation. The Canadians (1-0) get back
on the court on Monday when they face Russia (0-0) at 10 a.m. local
time (Sunday, 10 p.m. ET) with a chance to advance to the second
round with a victory.
In artistic gymnastics, Canada’s men barely missed a medal as
they were less than three points back of Romania for a bronze medal
in the team competition, scoring an overall total of 261.750
points. During the day event, Nathan Gafuik of Calgary was a
standout as he finished second in total points in the individual
qualification with 89.600 points followed by Casey Sandy of
Brampton, Ont., in 11th position with 85.650 and Jackson
Payne of Edmonton in 14th with 85.350 points.
In the first day of the swim meet, Canada reached a pair of finals.
The top results came from Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., who
placed sixth in the men’s 200-metre backstroke, and the
women’s 4x100 freestyle relay, which bettered that
performance a few moments later with a fifth-place finish in the
final race of the night session.
Nine other Canadian swimmers were in action on Sunday. Of the
group, Zack Chetrat of Oakville, Ont., came closest to earning a
spot in the final as he finished 10th in the men’s
200 butterfly in a time of 1:59.00. His teammate Jonathan
Gagné of Montreal settled for 5th place in
In the men’s 200 breaststroke, Richard Funk of Edmonton was
11th in 2:15.07 and Jason Block of Calgary was
23rd in 2:18.62. In the men’s 200 backstroke, Adam
Best of Ottawa finished 17th in 2:01.97. In the
women’s 50 butterfly, Paige Schultz of Toronto placed 12th in
27.70, while Caroline Kuczynski of Montreal followed in 19th
position in 28.21. In the women’s 800 free, Zsofia Balazs of
Toronto and Pamela Ruskys of Kingston, Ont., were 18th and 19th,
respectively, with times of 8:59.70 and 9:00.73.
In table tennis, the men’s team bounced back from a loss on
Saturday to China and defeated Australia by a 3-1 score. Pierre-Luc
Hinse of Gatineau, Que., won 3-0 over Chi Ho Tang (11-6, 11-4,
11-4) while Ling Kun Yang of Laval, Que., lost 3-1 to David
Powell (11-6, 11-9, 1-11, 11-8). Peng Guo of Montreal and Ling
Kun Yang battled back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 over Michael
Brown and Chi Ho Tang (9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5) and Hinse
finished the day with another 3-0 victory against Brown (11-3,
In men’s soccer, Canada’s dreams of advancing to the
medal round were turned into a nightmare on Sunday night, as a
talented Japanese squad cruised to a 6-1 win to hand the Canadians
their second loss of the tournament. Canada (0-2) closes out Pool D
play against Ghana (0-1-1) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. local time (7:30
a.m. ET). Ghana lost 1-0 to Great Britain (2-0) on Sunday.
In men’s beach volleyball, the team of Simon Fecteau-Boutin
of Lévis, Que., and Cameron Wheelan of Barrie, Ont.,
remained perfect after day two of competition, defeating Indonesia
2-0 (21-14, 21-19) to finish in first place in Pool C with a 3-0
record. The pair advances to the second round of the tournament,
where their opponent will be determined when pool play
François-Guy Allaire of Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Que., and
Michael Plantingua of Langley, B.C., struggles continued in Pool H,
as the duo dropped a straight-set match 2-0 (22-20, 21-13) to
Thailand 1, falling to 0-3 and last place in its pool. Despite
their difficulties in the preliminaries, Allaire and Plantinga also
advanced to the next stage.
On the women’s side, Caleigh Whitaker of Sharon, Ont., and
Kristina Valjas of Toronto put themselves in position to win their
pool, finishing the day a perfect 2-0 after dropping the Czech
Republic 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) and the Ukraine 2-0 (21-13, 21-11). The
pair face China 2 (1-1) tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time (3 a.m.
Meanwhile, the pair of Kristina Vlcek of Toronto and Becky Billings
of Ottawa weren’t as lucky, falling 2-0 to Slovakia 1 (21-17,
21-9) in their lone game of the day. The team battles Japan (0-1)
tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).
In women’s volleyball, Canada (0-1) dropped its opening
match, falling in straight sets to Poland 3-0 (25-19, 25-17,
28-26). Marie-Sophie Nadeau of Montreal paced Canada with 11 kills
and two blocks. The Canadians play Taiwan tomorrow at 6 p.m. local
time (6 a.m. ET).
In men’s volleyball, Canada (2-0) continued their winning
ways with a straight-set win 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-23) against host
China. Karl De Grandpré led with 12 kills while Spencer
Leiske added seven kills and four blocks. With two wins over the
first two nights and with two games remaining in their preliminary
round, Canada (2-0) occupies the top spot in Pool A and has a
rendez-vous with Norway on Tuesday at 6 p.m. local time (6 a.m.
In the first day of action for judo, Stéfanie Tremblay of
Saguenay, Que., lost to Angela Simona Mara, Romania in the round of
32 in women's 63 kg event.
In tennis, after waiting over two hours after scheduled match time,
the Canadian men’s doubles team wasted no time in dismantling
Indonesia by a decisive 2-0 score (6-1, 6-1) on a Sunday afternoon
in their first match of the Universiade. On a hot and humid
afternoon, Phil Anderson of Halifax and Christian Lee-Daigle of
Tecumseh, Ont., did not let a lengthy delay - due to earlier
matches going the distance - derail them, winning their first-ever
match together as a doubles pair. They worked efficiently and
continued to put the pressure on their opponents with a quick 47
In women’s water polo, Canada’s fell behind 4-0 in
the first quarter and never recovered en route to an 8-6 loss to
Italy in its second of three pool outings. Wasted in the loss was a
five-goal effort from Monika Eggens of Pitt Meadows, B.C.
For the second straight match, the Canadians (0-1-1) lacked the
ability to finish on the attack, hitting the back of the net only
six times on 35 shots for a meager 17.1 shooting percentage.
Canada, which finished fourth in 2009 when the sport made its
Universiade debut, will challenge the host team from China on
Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET), a squad that will
represent its country next summer at the London Olympics.
In the Universiade debut of weightlifting, Canada had a medal
hopeful who was hampered by an injury but valiantly competed.
Marilou Dozois-Prévost of Candiac, Que., who won gold at the
2010 Commonwealth Games and was an Olympian in 2008, settled for
eighth place in the women’s 53 kg event as she battled hard
to lift. Jessica Ruel of Macamic, Que., ended up in 13th