Canadian volleyballers advance at U21 worlds


volleyballIZMIR, Turkey – Canada was swept by the U.S., 25-15, 25-15, 25-22, in its final round robin match on Monday (Aug. 26) at the 20-country FIVB Under-21 World Championships in men’s volleyball.

Canada ends the round robin with two wins and two losses and ranks third in Group C to advance to the round of 16 playoffs. Serbia wins the group with a perfect 4-0 mark while the U.S., and Tunisia also with 2-2 marks ranked second and fourth. It actually went down to a third tie-breaker between Canada and Tunisia for third spot. Both countries were also tied in points and sets ratios. The third tie break was the match between the two teams which Canada won last Thursday. Rwanda went 0-4 for fifth spot.

Playing for Canada is McMaster Marauder Dany Demyanenko of Toronto.

Against the U.S. Stephen Maar of Aurora, Ont., led Canada with 13 points while Brad Gunter of Courtenay, B.C., added nine. Canada opened the tournament with wins over Tunisia and Rwanda before falling to Serbia on Sunday.

Canada faces France on Wednesday in the round of 16. The French were second in Group D with three wins and a loss.
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