Day 1 at Men’s WOQT in Tokyo, Japan brought us first split of points and straight set victories. Iran leads the table after 3-0 victory over Australia, Poland and Canada went for a tie-break with Polish claiming the win while France and Japan scored three points losing one set to China and Venezuela respectively.
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Iran vs Australia
Result: 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-18) – watch full match here
Iran opened WOQT race with a victory over their ‘local’ opponent Australia. Iranian are the only to finish the match without a set loss, starting the competition on the top of the table. The team felt confident ahead of the WOQT after winning a couple friendly matches against teams like Poland.
Australia started off the wrong foot, but not without health issues in the squad. Team’s bomber Thomas Edgar wasn’t able to help the team throughout the entire match due to strained abdominal. Although he was subbed in during the third set, it wasn’t enough for Australia to keep the match going.
France vs China
Result: 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21) – watch full match here
France put a huge pressure on China in the first set, but the opponent responded winning in the second. China’s performance forced the coach to make changes in the squad, subbing out Earvin Ngapeth. The French team managed to find back their rhythm eventually and secured their first victory with full point package.
Read interview with Stephane Antiga and Laurent Tillie here.
Poland vs Canada
Result: 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-9) – watch full match here
Poland and Canada served their fans a tie-breaker in their match at WOQT in Japan. Polish team claimed the win eventually in the 5th set with Kurek and Mika leading as top scorers (21 and 18), while on Canucks side John Gordon Perrin and Gavin Schmitt scored the most for their team (18 and 17). Schmitt’s performance was specially satisfying for his coach Glenn Hoag as the player missed the club season to recover from two surgeries.
Glenn Hoag talks to Volleyverse ahead of WOQT – read here.
Full WOQT schedule can be found here.
Japan vs Venezuela
Result: 3-1 (26-28, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19) – watch full match here
Japan and Venezuela opened the match with close play point by point until Venezuela topped the set at 28-26. Japan, led by Kunihiro Shimizu, managed to make a come back to claim three points for their first game.
Shimizu scored 21 points for his team, while Martin Pinerua led his team with 17 points.