Canada moves to the classification round at World U21s

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Tijuana, Mexico, September 17, 2015 – Canada will play in the round for positions five to eight, after falling to China on Thursday at the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship.

China defeated Canada in straight sets (25-16, 25-16, 25-21) to close with a 2-1 record in Pool F. Russia won the pool, and the Canadians went winless in this stage of the competition.

China’s Zhejia Zhang topped scoring with 13 points and he was followed by Runtao Xia with 10. For Canada, team captain Ryan Nickifor scored 11 points and Brandon Koppers contributed 10. 

China showed a very solid attack with a 40-29 difference, and also prevailed in blocking with a 6-3 advantage over Canada.  Canada had more aces than China at 3-2.

“We were not able to handle the pressure of the match, and the Chinese team is a very good team when they receive the ball well. They are difficult to stop in attack,” Canada’s coach John Barrett said. “We have to regroup and prepare much better for the next match,”

“Every match for us is very important and we have to show our pride as Canadians.” Barrett concluded.

The competition features 16 teams and runs over eight days with two rest days. The teams were divided into four pools of four teams each and played a round-robin tournament. The top two teams from each pool then split into two further pools of four (Pools E and F), with the bottom two teams from the first round also divided into two pools of four (Pools G and H).

The top two teams from Pools E and F qualify for the semifinals and finals, with the bottom two facing off in a playoff to be classified from fifth to eighth. The winners from Pools G and H have a playoff for the ninth to 12th classification with the bottom two teams from the same pool moving onto a playoff for 13th to 16th.

Team roster:
1- Gabriel Chancy, Montréal, QC
2- Brandon Koppers, Georgetown, ON
4- Blake Scheerhoorn, Belleville, ON
5- Lucas Coleman, Brooklin, ON
6- Ryan Nickifor, Sherwood Park, AB
7- Arthur Szwarc, Toronto, ON
8- Andrew Richards, London, ON
9- Olivier Riopel, Gatineau, QC
10- Byron Keturakis, Surrey, BC
13- Arran Chambers, Edmonton, AB
14- Keith West, Lethbridge, AB
15- Joel Regehr, Courtenay, BC

Head Coach : John Barrett
Assistants : Brock Davidiuk and Vincenzo Mallia
Therapist : Kevin Montgomery
Manager: Dave McAlliste

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