British Columbia Win Girls’ Doubles Gold Medal in Table Tennis

In the girls’ doubles gold match, the showdown was between Alberta’s team of Yubo Zhang and Jasmine Yao and British Columbia’s Shirley Fu and Michelle Liaw.

In the first game, BC got off to a quick 5-1 lead and was able to continue that pace for a 11-4 win.  In the second game, Alberta was down 10-8 but was able to save 2 games points to tie it up at 10 apiece.   Alberta then scored the next 2 points to take the game 13-11 and even the match at 1 game apiece.  In the third game, it was BC turn to save 2 games points at 10-9 and 11-10 and win the last 3 points to pull out a 13-11 win to go up 2 games to 1.  BC got off to a fast start in game 4 to take a 6-3 lead.  Alberta took a time out to slow the pace.  When play resumed, BC took a 10-6 lead.  Alberta was able to save 3 gold medal match points to make the score 10-9.  On the 4th match point, BC won the point to take game 11-9 and claim the match 3 games to 1 and take home the gold.  Alberta won silver.

Shirley Fu and Michelle Liaw said of the win “we were really excited, we just hugged each other”.  Alberta Coach Li said the BC girls “were just a little bit better than our girls.  Our girls played well though”.

In the Bronze medal match, the Quebec team of Annie Coulombe and Catherin Dauplaise played Ontario’s Shannon Zheng and Jiawei Liu.

It was a back and forth match as Quebec won the first game 11-8.  Ontario won the next 2 close games 11-8 and 14-12 to take a 2 games to 1 lead.  Quebec leveled the match at 2 games apiece by winning game 4 with a score of 11-6.  Ontario then won the bronze medal by winning the 5th and decisive game 11-6 to win the match 3 games to 2.

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