Men’s WOQT Day 3 Recap: Teams from Europe top competition ranking

Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Zuzanna Dulnik - @ZetDe04
France after their victory over Iran at Men’s WOQT (Photo: FIVB)

Day 3 at Men’s WOQT brings the expected leadership from European teams Poland and France. Polish remain the only unbeaten team after defeating hosts Japan, while France wins with Iran, removing Lozano’s team from the top position in competition table.

Canada record another tie-break, but third’s time a charm as the team gets its first victory in Japan.

Check out WOQT Day 2 Recap here.

Canada v Australia

Result: 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 20-25, 29-27, 15-11) – watch full match here

Canucks went for their third tie-break in the competition, securing the victory at last, that might be crucial for both Canada and Australia in their race to Rio. After winning the first set, Canucks went 2 sets behind to eventually make it to the tie-break and score 2 points for the match.

It’s always a battle when we play with Australia. Their block defence was good tonight. It was hard for us to score points. Our serves were better in the end of the match and I think that was the difference.
This was a big challenge for both teams. We always have big battles with Canada. They deserved to win. Their float serves and serve-reception was good. The serves made the difference. Unfortunately we lost, but the tournament is not over. We will keep going and do our best.

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

China vs Venezuela

Result: 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-15) – watch full match here

China recorded a quick straight set match against Venezuela, moving in the competition ranking to the third position, behind Poland and France. With two victories and six points Chinese are on the right track to secure one of the tickets to Rio. Venezuela’s chances to check-in at the Olympics drop every day, as the team is on its third loss thus far.

All the matches in this competition are important. Our intentions worked effectively. We wanted to understand them and then think about how to attack and defeat them and we did. Our serves worked well today. This win will give confidence to our players so that they can continue to play well.

It was a difficult match for us. China are strong as all of the other teams here. Our service errors gave China the advantage and our counter-attack was not good. We have to work harder.

Read interview with Stephane Antiga and Laurent Tillie here.

France v Iran

Result: 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22) – watch full match here

France caused first upset for Iran at WOQT in Japan, defeating the team in straight sets. After their slip in the Sunday match against Poland, the French pushed their next opponent hard to score a win, three points and claim second position in the ranking. Iran lost its leader position and stays fourth after Poland, France and China.

We are very happy to win the match. A win coming on the heels of a 3-2 loss is good. We switched our minds today. We believe we need 5-6 wins to get to Rio. We are already looking ahead to the next matches.

We did not pass or receive well. France were better than us in all aspects of the game. They were better in service, reception and attacks. This is why the result was 3-0. Ghafour has some inflammation in his knee. We decided to rest him today and save him for tomorrow’s match. He is fine.

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

Full WOQT schedule can be found here.

Poland v Japan

Result: 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-23) – watch full match here

Poland keeps the winning streak, defeating hosts Japan 3-0. After two tie-breakers Polish were happy to claim the victory in straight sets, moving their focus onto the next opponent. They remain the only unbeaten team at WOQT, while Japan drops to seventh position in the ranking, complicating their chances to qualify to the Olympic Games.

I am very happy with this game and result. We had an opportunity to spend a short time on the court tonight in just three sets. (Masahiro) Yanagida and (Yuki) Ishikawa were good for Japan. Our serve was good I don’t think we played our best volleyball, but we concentrated and won.

We had some good points but had difficulty with our rotation. Their rank is higher, so we knew it would not be easy. We had to be good in all aspects to compete with them. Their quick attacks and serve were the reasons for the defeat. We were able to show our strengths and play with them on equal footing for a while. We will concentrate on the upcoming matches. We tried for quick attacks but their blocks stopped us. We have to review our reception before the next match.