Louis Daignault (ISN)

August 23, 2013, IZMIR, Turkey (ISN) – Stephen Maar of Aurora, Ont., scored 15 points to lead Canada to a 25-15, 25-15, 27-29, 25-18 victory over Tunisia on Thursday to open the 20-country FIVB U21 men’s volleyball championships.

Five Canadians reached double digits in scoring. Brad Gunter of Courtenay, B.C., and Danny Demyanenko of Toronto each added 14 points, Ryley Barnes of St.Paul, Man., 13 and John Goranson of Reed Deer, Alta., 10.

Demyanenko was 10 for 13 on the attack while Barnes earned four of his points on service aces.

”We are happy to win the match today,” said Canada’s team captain Milan Nikic of Calgary. ”The third set is always the toughest set to close up the match. They got back against us but I think our reaction showed our talent when we recovered in the fourth set.”

Canada has a day off Friday before resuming round robin play on Saturday against Rwanda. In the other pool C match Thursday, the U.S., defeated Rwanda in four sets. Canada faces Serbia on Sunday and the Americans on Monday.

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, Man.; 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

Information: www.fivb.org and www.volleyball.ca