Kufske, Hoag score big in Canada’s win at world junior volleyball championships
NITEROI, Brazil – Bradley Kufske of Abbotsford, Ont., scored the final two points on Saturday as Canada defeated Egypt 19-25, 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 15-11 in consolation playoff round action at the men’s world junior volleyball championships.
The Canadians collected their second consecutive win to stand 2-0 in their consolation round pool and are now 2-3 overall at the tournament. The top two from each of the two pools in the consolation advance to the semis to battle for positions nine to 12.
“The match wasn’t easy, but I think we played better than yesterday,’’ said Canadian team captain TJ Sanders of London, Ont., about the two hour and six minute battle. ‘’I hope we can improve everyday.’’
Kufske finished with a team high 22 points including a match-high 19 attacks. Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., added 20 points on 16 spikes, one block and a match-high three aces. Tommy Belisle of Quebec City and Lucas Van Berkel Edmonton each had five blocks for Canada.
“We were prepared for this match,’’ said Canada’s head coach Georges Laplante. ‘’I watched Egypt’s match yesterday, and tried to prepare the group in the best way. They put pressure on us”.
Canada led the match in attacks, 61-45, in blocks 17-5 and in service aces 6-1.
Canada concludes the round robin portion of its consolation round Sunday against Tunisia.
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.