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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — University of Michigan water polo rising sophomore Ava Morrant (Maple Ridge, B.C./Maple Ridge Secondary) and the rest of Team Canada downed the United States by a 10-9 count in the quarterfinals of the 2019 World University Summer Games in Naples, Italy, to earn a semifinal appearance.

Canada, which downed the United States via a 5-4 count in a penalty shootout after tying the Americans at 5-5 in regulation, will next be in action against the winner of a quarterfinal game between Italy and Japan. Canada’s semifinal will take place on Friday, July 12, at Noon Eastern/9:00 a.m. Pacific/6:00 p.m. local at Piscina Scandone in Naples, a different venue than the preliminaries.

Canada earned its way to a quarterfinal clash with the United States by stopping Japan (12-10 W, July 2), France (8-1 W, July 5) and the Czech Republic (23-8 W, July 7) prior to dropping a 16-7 game against Hungary on July 8.  Morant scored once against both Japan and France .

Morant, who played in 27 games with eight goals, four assists, seven steals and three field blocks for Michigan in 2019, is continuing a tradition of international appearances. She helped lead the Canadian 19U national team to a gold medal at the 2018 Pan American Games and a 10th-place finish at the 2018 FINA Youth World Championships. She also earned a bronze medal at the 2017 17U Pan American Games.

For complete results of the World University Games, CLICK HERE.

Collegiate Water Polo Association