NEWS
08/05/2011 01:09 EDT | Updated 10/05/2011 05:12 EDT

Canada wins consolation match at world junior volleyball championship

NITEROI, Brazil - Canada won its first match of the consolation round at the men's world junior volleyball championship on Friday by defeating Japan 25-12, 25-17, 25-14.

The Canadians, winless in round-robin play, were led by Tristan Aubry of Edmonton with 14 points on nine attacks, four blocks and one service ace. Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., and Lucas Van Berkel of Edmonton added 11 points each.

"This game was a lot better for us," said Canadian team captain TJ Sanders of London, Ont. "We didn't know much about Japan. This was a big win for us. We hope to go on from here."

Takashi Dekita, the tournament's leading scorer to this point, led Japan with a match-high 12 spikes along with two blocks and two aces.

Canada outhit Japan 32-22 and also led in blocks (16-4) and aces (9-2).

"It was a great match for us," said Canadian coach Georges Laplante. "The blocks made the difference, but now we have to play better defence behind the block."