Russia wins gold, Canada 12th at U21 worlds
IZMIR, Turkey (September 1, 2013)– Russia swept Brazil in the gold medal match on Sunday at the FIVB U21 World Championships in men’s volleyball while Canada settled for 12th place after dropping their placement match to the U.S.
Victor Poletaev scored 20 points for the Russians who hammered the Brazilians for the gold 25-16, 25-16, 25-20 to successfully defend their world junior title. It was Russia’s fifth title overall and ninth if you include the USSR gold medals.
Italy won the bronze medal match defeating France 25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 28-26.
Canada lost to the U.S. in the 11th place match 25-16, 25-17, 25-18. Jarrid Ireland of Winnipeg and Brad Gunter of Courtenay, B.C., scored 10 points apiece for the Canadians. Canada finished with a 3-5 record overall. The tournament turning point for Canada was a five-set round of 16 loss to France.
“The experience we got during the whole tournament was very valuable,” said Canada’s team captain Milan Nikic of Calgary. “We learned a lot playing against tough teams.”
Canadian team for the FIVB Men’s U21 Word Championships August 22 to September 1 in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey:
Players: Gabriel Chancy, Montreal; Jarrid Ireland, Winnipeg; John Goranson, Red Deer, Alta.; Brad Gunter, Courtenay, B.C.; Jeremy Davies, Calgary; Stephen Maar, Aurora, Ont.; Danny Demyanenko, Toronto; Bruno Lortie, Ottawa; Ryley Barnes, St.Paul, Alta.; Milan Nikic, Calgary; Alex Russell, Surrey, B.C.; Jayson McCarthy, Oshawa, Ont.
Head coach: Dave Preston
Assistant coaches: Nathan Janzen; Brad Poplawski
Team manager: Georges Laplante
Physiotherapist: Luc Campbell