Canada earns third straight win at world junior volleyball championships
NITEROI, Brazil – Tommy Belisle of Quebec City collected 26 points as Canada secured a place in the consolation semifinals on Sunday defeating Tunisia 25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23 at the men’s world junior volleyball championships.
The Canadians complete the round robin portion of the consolation draw with a 3-0 record for first in its pool. They advance to the 9-12th place playoffs opening Tuesday against Germany. Canada went 0-3 in the opening round robin portion of the tournament last week to drop to the consolation draw.
“It was a good win for us,’’ said Canadian team captain TJ Sanders. ‘’Tunisia made us fight for it at the end."
Belisle earned his points on 23 spikes and three blocks. Bradley Kufske of Abbotsford, B.C., added 14 points on 12 attacks, one block and one ace. Braden McLean of Birch Hills, Sask., had a match-high six blocks for Canada.
I’m very happy that we are on the top of the group,’’ said Canada’s head coach Georges Laplante. ‘’In this tournament there are no easy matches. Tunisia fought in every set for every point. In the third set, they did not want to give us the victory so they fought a little harder.
‘’We gave our best and played with a lot of energy through the match and in the fourth set."
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.