Canada places 11th at men’s world junior volleyball championships
NITEROI, Brazil – Tommy Belisle of Quebec City scored 18 points as Canada defeated Japan 3 – 0 (25-23, 25-20 and 25-19) on Wednesday morning to finish in 11th place at the men’s world junior volleyball championships.
Japan led after the first and second technical timeouts but Canada stayed close. Finally the North Americans tied in 23 -23, and managed to turn the set to their side, closing it at 25-23.
“We didn’t finish the competition the way we wanted, but we are happy with the victory,’’ said Canadian team captain TJ Sanders of London, Ont.
Canada got 31 points out of their opponents errors, while Japan only got 21 points. Tommy Belisle earned his points on 16 attacks, one block and one ace. Lucas van Berkel of Edmonton added nine points.
“We are very happy. We worked hard, used our strength. It was a better match than yesterday,’’ said Canada’s head coach Georges Laplante.
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.