Canada wins the silver medal at NORCECA juniors

 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Sept. 1, 2012) - The United States defeated Canada 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21 in the 2012 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship gold-medal match Saturday evening at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.


The United States has now won the tournament's gold medal for the second straight time having defeated Canada in the last edition of the biennial tournament held in 2010.

By reaching the title match, both United States and Canada had already guaranteed spots in next year's FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship as the top three places in NORCECA advanced. Earlier today, Mexico claimed the bronze medal for the third spot.

Canada had four players in double-figure scoring paced by Ryley Brendan Barnes and Jarrid Michael Ireland with 14 points each. Dany Demyanenko and Stephen Timothy Maar tacked on 11 points apiece.

Team USA held a commanding offensive edge with a 61-49 margin in kills and 5-1 ace advantage. The Americans converted 52.6 percent of its attacks for points with a .362 hitting efficiency. Canada produced a 10-7 margin in blocks to go with a 44.1 kill percent and .261 hitting efficiency.

The United States held a 19-16 advantage before Canada knocked down two points to cut the gap to 19-18. Gregory Petty served an ace to put the Americans back in front by three 23-20 at a Canada timeout. Canada came out of the break with three of the next four points to tie the set at 24-all. Patch slammed a kill to yield a second set point and Canada followed with an attack into the net for a 26-24 United States victory.

The Americans jumped out to a 6-1 advantage in the second set. Ryley Brendan Barnes served an ace in helping Canada close to two at 11-9. The USA jumped the lead back to six points at 15-9 following a four-point run including a Nicholas Olson block. The Americans finished out the set strong with a 25-17 victory.

Canada held a slim 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout of the third set, but the USA scored four straight points out of the break to take the lead at 10-8. Canada bounced back to knot the score at 10-all after its timeout. The American regained a two-point cushion at 13-11, but the Canadians responded with a 6-2 run to take a 17-15 advantage. Canada took a 22-18 lead on a block by Stephen Timothy Maar. Olson scored consecutive kills to pull the Americans to within one at 23-22, but Barnes hammered the Canadian winner at 25-23.

Canada started the fourth set with a 4-0 lead. Michael Henchy served back-to-back aces and the American leveled the score at 5-all. USA reached the first technical timeout leading 8-7. Barnes downed a kill to reverse the lead to Canada at 12-11. Scott Rhein came off the bench to serve an ace yielding a 16-15 American lead at the second technical timeout. Petty hammered consecutive kills to push the USA in front 21-19 at a Canada timeout. The American lead expanded to match point at 24-19 out of the break with three consecutive Canada attack errors. Canada saved two match points before the USA ended the match at 25-21 with a Petty kill.

"Our guys did well today, and the players coming off the bench provided a lift,” Canada head coach David Preston said.  “We came up a little short - not because of a lack of effort but more of what the USA did. Canadian volleyball made a big step forward today because of these 12 guys on the court."

Awards

Two Canadian players received individual awards

Best Spiker: Dany Demyanenko (Canada) – 68.06 success percent with 49 kills on 72 total attempts

Best Blocker: Alexander William Russell (Canada) – 0.89 block average per set with 16 blocks on 39 block attempts

Roster

 

Milan

Nikic

Calgary, AB

Setter

Joshua

McKay

Winnipeg, MB

Setter

Danny

Demyanenko

Toronto, ON

Middle

Jim

Bell

Surrey, BC

Middle

Alex

Russell

Surrey, BC

Middle

Ryley

Barnes

St-Paul, AB

Leftside

Dan

Groenveld

Welland, ON

Leftside

Brook

Sedore

Grande Prairie, AB

Leftside

Stephen

Maar

Aurora, ON

Leftside

Jarrid

Ireland

Winnipeg, MB

Opposite

Andrew

Nelson

Regina, SK

Opposite

Tyler

Koslowsky

Abbotsford, BC

Libero

 

Staff

 

Coach

Dave

Preston

 

Ass.Coach

Brad

Poplawski

 

Ass.Coach

Shane

St-Louis

 

Therapist

Caroline

Pelletier

 

Therapist

Luc

Campbell

 

Coordinator

Sophie

Gadoury

 

Statistician

Nathan

Janzen

 

 

Information: www.norceca.net and www.volleyball.ca