Sophomore Hayley McKelvey punched in 13 goals for Canada at Junior Worlds.
Aug. 24, 2015
Five USC women’s water polo players wrapped up their summer in Greece, competing for their respective home countries at the 2015 FINA Junior Women’s World Championships. By the tournament’s end, incoming freshman goalie Amanda Longan was named Top Goalkeeper at the event, having anchored the United States to a gold medal. Four returning Trojans also were in action, with sophomore Hayley McKelvey playing for Canada, juniors Ioanna Haralabidis and Stephania Haralabidis competing for Greece and sophomore Victória Chamorro in the cage for Brazil.
The Haralabidis sisters and Chamorro will return to Troy after a particularly busy summer in which all three Trojans competed for their countries at the World Championships in Russia right before heading to Greece as members of their junior national teams at Junior Worlds. Sophomore McKelvey helped Team Canada to a fourth-place finish, providing 13 goals for the Canadian cause at the event. Playing in their home country, the Greek twins were instrumental in Greece’s fifth-place finish. Stephania scored 16 goals at the tournament, and Ioanna added nine. Sophomore goalie Chamorro anchored Brazil to an eighth-place finish at the 16-team tournament. With newcomer Longan in the cage for Team USA, the Americans were able to grab their second consecutive gold medal at the Junior World Championships. Longan made 13 saves in the gold-medal match to help beat Spain 13-10.
The Women of Troy splash back down at USC this week, kicking off fall classes as they begin to take focus on the 2016 campaign to come.
For more information on the 2015 FINA Junior Women’s World Championships in Volos, Greece, visit volos2015.com