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Men’s WOQT Day 2 Recap: Iran & Poland lead with two victories

Sunday, 29 May 2016
Zuzanna Dulnik - @ZetDe04
Poland celebrates their second victory at Men’s WOQT (Photo: FIVB)

On the Day 2 at WOQT Iran keeps leader position in the table, while Australia and China record first wins against Venezuela and Japan respectively. Poland and Canada went onto another tie-break with their rivals France and Iran and both matches ended with similar result like on the Day 1. 

Check out WOQT Day 1 Recap here.

Iran vs Canada

Result: 3-2 (27-29, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 16-14) – watch full match here

Following the loss on Saturday Canada hit hard, leading 2-0 against Iran, but Lozano’s team managed to make a come back, claiming second victory in the competition. For Canucks this is second defeat in a row, but not without any advantages. The team lost another tie-breaker, having 2 points that might play a big role at the end of the competition. Coach Glenn Hoag seen the tiring tie-breaker against Poland on Saturday as the reason for his team’s performance since the third set.

We knew it would be difficult today after playing five sets yesterday. We lost some of our freshness after the second set. They made some key substitutions after the second set. We have to focus on our next matches after the rest day.
Canada showed good level of play today. They had a hard match yesterday and had to come back this morning and play. I’m happy with the result. We were close in the first set but could not control the tempo. We got our rhythm back so our defence was better from the third set.

Read pre-WOQT interviews with Roberto Santilli and Nehemiah Mote.

Australia vs Venezuela

Result: 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-10, 25-19) – watch full match here

Australia began the match with a slip in the first set when Venezuela tapped it at 25-19. Volleyroos managed to come back under Edgar’s lead, who scored for his team 22 points and played the entire match this time.

This was an important win for us after yesterday’s loss to Iran. Venezuela is a tough team with great physical strength. They played at a high level. We knew we would have to weather the storm against them and play well.
We played good volleyball in the first set. From the second set we made more mistakes and ended up with a similarly the same storyline as yesterday. Their float serve was a problem for us. We have to work harder in the succeeding matches.

Read interview with Stephane Antiga and Laurent Tillie here.

Poland vs France

Result: 3-2 (22-25, 13-25, 31-29, 25-17, 15-12) – watch full match here

Poland delivers another victorious tie-break, although it seemed unlikely the team will come out of this match with any set at all. After France’s great play and lead 2-0 and 15-10 in the third, coach Stephane Antiga replaced almost entire starting six for Poland. Subs did the job and tied at 19-19, continuing to play point by point with France to extend the match until the next set. The team won the 4th with big advantage. The tie-break went close on both sides, but it was Poland that ended with their second victory at WOQT.

It was a beautiful victory for us. France led 2-0 but we never gave up. This is one of our characteristics. I’m lucky because I have a lot of high-level substitutes who can come in and turn the game. I want to congratulate my substitute players.
We had good concentration and attack at the beginning. Poland had Dawid Konarski and Fabian Drzyzga come in from the third set and they turned things around. We lost concentration and could not cope. The last five minutes of the third set was decisive. Poland are a strong team that plays beautiful volleyball. We will look ahead to the next matches.

Glenn Hoag talks to Volleyverse ahead of WOQT – read here.

Full WOQT schedule can be found here.

Japan vs China

Result: 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-23) – watch full match here

China’s team effort brought in the first victory at WOQT. In straight sets match, 14 blocks on Chinese side showed players disposition and good tactical preparation against their old rivals Japan. Zhang Chen and Chen Longhai scored both 4 blocks each for their team. On Japan’s side Kunihiro Shimizu led the team in attack and ended as the best scorer of the match with 16 points.

I’m very happy we won such an important game with Japan. We played passionately and actively. Japan are very strong. They have individual players with excellent skills. Our players played to their full potential and maybe we had some luck. We often use our strong serves but these can also give you a high-risk of making mistakes and that will be troublesome for us. So we did not use them that much tonight.
We could not get side-outs tonight so that gave us a tough time. China’s blocks caught us and Fukatasu’s setting was not as audacious as the previous match. Our passing was not good, so we need to review this because the rest of the teams we will face have strong servers. We still have five matches left. We are 1-1 after two matches with a loss to an Asian team.

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