By Jackie Skender
Canada’s Men’s U21 Team Set to Begin Compeition in Mexico
The 18th edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship begins Sept. 11 in Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico.In Tijuana, Canada’s team will face Turkey on Friday, Egypt on Saturday and host Mexico on Sunday.
Depending on its ranking in the first stage of pool play, Canada will then move on to a second round of pool play in either Tijuana or Mexicali. Canada’s team is eager to begin after training in Mexico since August 29.”We had the opportunity to scrimmage against Japan twice and the USA once, and we found this to be very helpful. It gave us the chance to try a number of different line-ups,” said Canada’s coach John Barrett. “The team is excited and ready to play. The guys can’t wait to hear that first whistle, to get the tourney started!”The competition features 16 teams and will run over eight days with two rest days.
The teams are divided into four pools of four teams each and will play a round-robin tournament. The top two teams from each pool will then be 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 will 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 will 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.
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 McAllister