Canada to battle for 11th place at world junior volleyball championships

NITEROI, Brazil - Germany defeated Canada, 3 -1 (16-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18) on Tuesday in the consolation semifinal at the FIVB Volleyball Men´s Junior World Championship 2011.

Germany (3-4 overall) will duel for ninth place against Belgium while Canada (3-4) faces Japan for 11th place. Both matches are on Wednesday.

“We had a strong start in the first set,’’ said Canadian team captain TJ Sanders of London, Ont. ‘’We played with lots of energy. In the second set, Germany fought back. We had errors that cost us the match."

Bradley Kufske of Abbotsford, B.C., led Canada with 17 points on 16 spikes and one block. Lucas Van Berkel of Edmonton and Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, que., each had three aces for Canada, which led Germany in aces (7-3) and blocks (10-9).

Canada’s men’s national junior volleyball team sorted by province:

Alberta: Tristan Aubry, Edmonton; Jay Olmstead, Edmonton; Lucas VanBerkel, Edmonton; Branden Schmidt, Winton; Jarron Mueller, Calgary.

B.C.: Alex Davis, White Rock; Bradley Kufske, Abbotsford; Derek Thiessen, Coquitlam.

Manitoba: Brett Wiess, Winnipeg.

Ontario: Tyler (TJ) Sanders, London.

Quebec: Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke; Daniel Moreau, Sherbrooke; Tommy Bélisle, Quebec City.

Saskatchewan: Braden McLean, Birch Hills.

Head coach: Georges Laplante, Montreal

Assistant coaches: Greg Barthel, Regina and Brad Poplawski, Edmonton.


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