Final Day of FIL Pool Play Looms Large
|Japan's Yuko Kobori crashes the
net in her team's win over Sweden on Sunday. Japan plays Israel in
a battle of unbeaten squads on Tuesday morning.
© Dave Powers/Gameday Photography
With one day remaining of group play at the FIL World Cup, several teams have navigated themselves into good position for the upcoming medal round, with four unbeaten squads entering Monday and another five with just one loss thus far.
Team USA and Canada both got the job done on Sunday, with USA doubling up on Australia, 18-9 while the host Canadians beat Wales by a 18-5 margin. Those wins set the pair up for a showdown that will determine the top overall seed for the medal round when they play on Tuesday night.
Japan improved to 4-0 in the tournament with a 23-0 victory over first-time entrant Sweden on Sunday, which gives the Japanese a plus-51 goal differential so far. Israel also remained perfect at 3-0 with a 19-2 victory against Korea on Sunday. With a plus-35 goal differential, Israel played Hong Kong on Monday morning, a game originally scheduled for Saturday.
Scotland got back on track Sunday by topping previously unbeaten New Zealand by an 8-3 score, while Ireland, Haudenosaunee and Austria all earned wins to improve to 3-1 and stay in the race for the championship bracket.
All teams besides Israel and Hong Kong are off on Monday, with one game remaining for all teams on Tuesday. Besides the pivotal US-Canada contest, the Israel v. Japan battle of unbeatens and the Austria Haudenosaunee contests stand out as ones that will have big implications for the medal round seedings.
Sunday Game Results
Box scores not made available by press time
USA 18, Australia 9
Canada 18 Wales 5
Israel 19 Korea 2
Scotland 8 New Zealand 3
Haudenosaunee 16 Germany 9
Japan 23 Sweden 0
Ireland 13 Finland 9
Austria 15 Hong Kong 6
Netherlands 9 Latvia 5
New Zealand (3-1)
Hong Kong (0-3)
Remaining Pool Play Schedule
9:00 Hong Kong v. Israel
9:00 Ireland v. Germany
10:00 Scotland v. Korea
11:30 Israel v. Japan
12:30 New Zealand v. Netherlands
2:00 Austria v. Haudenosaunee
3:00 Finland v. Latvia
4:30 Hong Kong v. Sweden
5:30 England v. Australia
8:00 USA v. Canada