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Canadian women's water polo team opens with win at worlds

The Canadian Press

7/21/2013 7:30:48 PM

BARCELONA, Spain -- Canada's women water polo team won its opening game at the FINA World Championship on Sunday, beating Britain 14-9.

Captain Krystina Alogbo opened the scoring midway through the first quarter and finished with four goals. Emma Wright, from Lindsay, Ont., had three goals in her first appearance at a world championship.

Joelle Bekhazi and Christine Robinson each scored twice, while Sophie Baron La Salle, Katrina Monton and Stephanie Valin rounded out the scoring for Canada.

"There had been a lot of buildup for this game and our team went through some highs and lows over the last several weeks," Alogbo said. "It was great to be able to release some of that energy and this was definitely a nice way to open the tournament."

The preliminary round for the team continues on Tuesday with a game against the Olympic champion Americans.

Canada will then take on the defending world champions from Greece for their last game of the preliminary round on Thursday.