PUNE, India (Aug. 1, 2009) - Canada put Brazil on the mat, but the defending champion manage to get away with a straight set 25-21,25-22, 25-13 victory in Pool D of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship at the second centre in Pune, India.
Mauricio Silva led the Brazilian attack with 13 points from 27 spikes. Cargnin Paese and Tiago Wesz added 8 and 7 points. Towering Renan did well in defence with 5 blocks. Canadian spikers Marc Howatson and John Perrin had only single digit scores at 6.
Canada sprang a big surprise by giving a tough fight to Brazil in the first two sets. Bubbling with confidence over its victory against Russia, Brazil was perhaps a big casual in its approach. But Canand seized the opportunity and began to surge ahead. The 9-7, 16-15 lead at the second time out made the encounter more exciting.
Canada rattled Brazil with high block. In fact, Brazil made more mistakes than Canada. It gave away 23 points against Canada's 18. Still the defending champion Brazil got away like a professional thief with breakway points. As the Canandian coach said later you give them just one break they break away. It is difficult to catch them.
Brazil spiker Mauricio was the man of the hour with timely spike. Brazil adopted more deceptive spiking to beat the Canadian triple block. Brazil was four points down in the second set in which Canada played with better rhythm and Zeeman was getting the block. So was Rudy Verhoeff. Where Canada really failed was in serve and Brazil's reception improved midway through the first and second sets and they began to rally.
After two grinding sets, Brazil came back into its won in the third set to shut the doors on Canada.