Canada’s U21 men’s team wins and advances at U21 Worlds

Canada’s U21 men to advance at World Champs

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With both Canada and Poland winning their matches on Saturday, the two unbeaten teams will advance to the round of eight from their pool at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship.

Earlier today, Canada defeated Morocco. Tariq Sani was the main contributor to Canada’s 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-23) shutout on the second competition day in Pool A of the tournament.

Canada’s coach Gino Brousseau: “A win is a win, but we did not play the same as yesterday (in their victory over Czech Republic). We did not have much rest between the two matches because today we played at 12h30. The intensity was not the same and sometimes we did not respect the game plan, so it was easier for our opponents.”

Sani was the match top scorer with 20 points. Youssef Aatata was Morocco’s top scorer with 11 points.

Morocco wasted a comfortable lead it had through a big part of the first set to allow Canada back into the game and to a 25-23 win. With Tariq Sani on fire in attack, Canada had complete control of the scoreboard during the second set and closed it off at 25-16. Sani’s prolific spiking continued in set three, but now Youssef Aatata was also very efficient in offense after he came back into the match. Towards the end of the set the Moroccans almost caught up, but the North Americans managed to score for 25-23 to close the match.

Canada and Poland meet on Sunday at 12:30 local time – 6:30 am Eastern – in their final pool play contest..

With photo and reports from FIVB.com

Travelling roster
Mikael Clegg; St. Andrews, MB; (University of Winnipeg) – Setter
Jesse Elser; Calgary, AB (FTC – Team Canada) – Left Side
Derek Epp; Saskatoon, SK; (University of Saskatchewan) – Setter
Daenan Gyimah; Scarborough, ON (UCLA Bruins) – Middle
Joel Rudd; Cambridge, ON (Queen’s University) – Left Side
Eric Loeppky; Steinbach, MB (Trinity Western University) – Left Side
Matthew Mawdsley; London, ON (University of Waterloo) – Middle
Fynn McCarthy; Lake Country, BC (Kelowna Volleyball Club) – Middle
Matthew Passalent; Hamilton, ON (McMaster University) – Right Side
Jordan Pereira; St. Catharines, ON (McMaster University) – Libero
Taryq Sani; Ajax, ON (University of Alberta) – Left Side
Max Vriend; Barrhead, AB (MacEwan University) – Middle

Staff:
Paul Gratton; Orléans, ON – Team Manager
Gino Brousseau; Quebec City, QC – Head Coach
Adam Simac; Ottawa/Toronto, ON – Assistant Coach
Francois St-Denis; Ottawa, ON – Assistant Coach
Daniel Cuzmar Grimalt; Quebec City, QC – Statistician
Jennifer Martins; Waterloo, ON. – Therapist
Murat Haktanir – Statistician

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