Canada 0-2 at men’s world junior volleyball championships

NITEROI, Brazil - In a very balanced match, Belgium defeated Canada, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-17) on Tuesday at the men’s world junior volleyball championships.

With the victory, Belgium improves its record to 1-1 and maintains a chance of advancing to the top eight teams in Rio de Janeiro. Canada falls to 0-2. For the last day of Pool D on Wednesday, Belgium will meet Iran at 4 p.m. local time and Canada faces Serbia in the 6:30 p.m. match.

‘’We came out to play with energy and passion, but we started losing energy as the match went on,’’ said Canadian team captain TJ Sanders of London, Ont. ‘’It just wasn't our day."

Tommy Bélisle of Quebec City was Canada’s best player, scoring 10 points, including nine attacks and one service ace. Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., added eight and Tristan Aubry of Edmonton seven.

Canada’s head coach Georges Laplante was pleased with his troops’ efforts.

“The boys played with passion. Belgium had success on pressuring us. Even if we were ahead, they played hard for every point. We didn’t play as we should; the pressure forced us to make errors.’’

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