Canada headed to consolation round at men’s world junior volleyball championships

Niterói, BRAZIL – Canada delivered its best match so far at the men’s world junior volleyball championships on Wednesday but lost 25-17, 19-25, 25-15, 21-25, 15-4 to Serbia and is headed to the consolation round to fight for ninth place.

Serbia improved its record to 3-0 and secured first spot Pool D and will travel to Rio de Janeiro to compete in championship round. Canada, 0-3, will stay in Niteroi and play for ninth through 16th.

“We played with more energy and passion,’’ said Canadian team captain TJ Sanders of London, Ont. ‘’I think this will take us a long way with gaining more experience."

Tristan Aubry of Edmonton and Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., led Canada with 16 points each. Aubry scored on 10 spikes, four blocks and his team’s only two aces. Hoag scored on 15 spikes and one block. Lucas Van Berkel of Edmonton had eight blocks for Canada.

‘’I think this shows more of what we are able to do,’’ said Canada’s head coach Georges Laplante. ‘We were playing more relaxed. We are hoping for a good result in the play down."

Serbia led in attacks, 59-47 and in service aces 8-2. Canada dominated in blocking 17-8. Canada granted 30 points in errors to Serbia, which committed 20.

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.

For more information: www.volleyball.ca and www.fivb.org