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Canada beats Brazil in Olympic women's water polo qualifying

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The Canadian Press
4/18/2012 2:00:50 PM
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TRIESTE, Italy -- Emily Csikos, Dominique Perreault and Tara Campbell each scored twice Wednesday as Canada defeated Brazil 11-4 at the women's Olympic water polo qualifying tournament.

Krystina Alogbo, Joelle Bekhazi, Carmen Eggens, Monika Eggens and Rosanna Tomiuk also scored for the Canadians, who rebounded from a 10-2 loss to world champion Greece on Tuesday.

"We started of a little bit slow because we were trying to get the kinks out (after Tuesday's) defeat," Alogbo said. "But we found our way back and we needed that game to get our grove back."

With the win, Canada capped the round-robin portion of the event with a 2-1-1 record.

Greece leads Group B with a 3-0-0 record followed by the Netherlands (2-0-1) and Canada. Kazakhstan and Brazil each have three losses. Those two countries play each other on Thursday, while Greece takes on the Netherlands.

The Canadians need a top-four finish at the nine-country tournament to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. That will be determined in the crossover matches between the top four in each group set for Friday.

Group A has Hungary, Italy, Russia and Spain. Canada can still play any one of those countries in Friday's critical quarter-finals with a spot in London on the line.

"We have video on all these teams, the coaching staff is ready to give us the right gameplan," Alogbo said. "I think mentally and physically our mind and heart are set that no matter who we face we're going to be ready to conquer anything."

Alogbo adds it will be nice to sit back and watch the other teams battle it out before finding out Friday's opponent.

"It's good because we can just go over things and watch the other teams and focus and just be ready to give everything," she said. "At this point we don't have anything physically more we can do, it's all about our mental preparation and I think we'll be ready for whatever team we play."

The Canadian women, ranked No. 8 in the world, narrowly missed out on an automatic Olympic berth at the Pan American Games in October. Canada dropped a 27-26 decision to the U.S. in a gold-medal game that went down to two scoreless overtime periods and then a shootout. A victory would have guaranteed Canada at spot in London.

Emily Csikos (Photo: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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