PUNE, India (Aug. 4, 2009) - Canada made a faulty start, but managed to come back to beat Tunisia at 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23 in Pool H of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship at Pune, India.
John Perrin led Canada’s assault with 17 points from 29 spikes. Jason DeRocco and Rudy Verhoeff got 10 and six points respectively. Brahim Besbes was the best spiker for Tunisia with 28 points from 55 attacks.
Tunisia made 41 errors against Canada’s 24.
It was a match of high class volleyball. Both Canada and Tunisia made too many mistakes. Tunisia offered 41 error points to Canada and that speaks volumes about the problems of the African team.
Canada as usual took time to settle down. Tunisia was sharp in attack and was getting the better of Canadan blockers in the first set. It looked as if Tunisia would get the better of Canada in this set and the team showed better control.
However, Canada made a dramatic comeback in the second. Trailing 5-8, and again 15-16 Canada picked up its game here with some nice double and triple block and went ahead to 20-17. It was the real turning point for Canada and Perrin and DeRecco went on an attacking spree. Only Howatson was erratic hitting the ball out. But Canada managed to win the second set.
In the next two sets one could see Canada’s brilliant block. In fact, Canada virtually shut out Tunisia with its block. With 8-4, 16-11 lead Canada was enlarging the lead with sustained attack. Canada also served well and Tunisia’s reception was affected.
But Tunisia did not give up and looked well set to take the foruth at one stage, despite Canada’s strong block. Besbes spiked superbly and Tunisia was ahead 8-5 and 16-14. However, it could not hang on to the lead as Canada bounced back with strong block, good serve and effective spiking.