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Men’s WOQT Day 4 Recap: Canada done with tie-breakers

Wednesday, 01 Jun 2016
Zuzanna Dulnik - @ZetDe04
Canada finishes the match in straight sets for the first time at Men’s WOQT in Japan (Photo: FIVB)

Men’s WOQT reaches mid point with first teams likely to be out of the race to Rio 2016. Canada secures its victory without losing any set, giving up on the tie-breakers the team played in the past three days. Poland remains unbeaten, although not without struggles and help of their bench players. France and Australia delivered the longest set yet, but the full victory goes to the European team. 

Check out WOQT Day 3 Recap here.

Canada v Venezuela

Result: 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 27-23) – watch full match here

Canada downs the game against Venezuela in straight sets, making their 3-0 victory the first at Men’s WOQT without losing any set. Canucks were the only to finish the match in three sets during the Day 4 and move up in the competition with seven points. Venezuela’s chances to qualify to Rio 2016 are pretty shallow half way into the competition.

We are fairly happy with the win in three sets. It is good we did not have to play five sets today. Our bench players helped today like Rudy Verhoeff and Tyler Sanders. John Gordon Perrin played great despite being tired. Venezuela played good defence and made a lot of digs.
We have lost all of our matches. Today’s loss was different. We had good attitude and motivation. We played well at the end. We are still making too many mistakes, which is becoming a pattern for us.

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

France v Australia

Result: 3-1 (24-22, 25-18, 16-25, 44-42) – watch full match here

France and Australia delivered 3-1 thriller with the last set finishing at 44-42. Despite Australia’s effort in the last set, Volleyroos didn’t manage to move the game to the tie-break, scoring no points for the match. France keeps second position in the competition table with three victories and 10 points.

I’m very honoured to win today’s game. Sometimes when you win the first two sets, you become pressured about getting the third and that is what happened. We lost our momentum in the third set. We did win 3-1 and got the three points so that is good. We need at least two more wins to qualify. In a tournament like this mental toughness is important.
I hope people enjoyed the match today. It was very interesting. Sometimes volleyball is beautiful because you don’t know what will happen. My players put their hearts into this game. It’s a pity we played this match and did not get any points. We have three days left and will try to win all three of them.

Read interview with Stephane Antiga and Laurent Tillie here.

Poland v China

Result: 3-2 (26-28, 20-25, 25-16, 25-17, 15-10) – watch full match here

Poland records another tie-breaker with yet another come-back from 0-2 behind thanks to the performance of their bench players. China stepped into the match without any fear of the European team and pushed Poland since the very beginning. In the end Poland managed to secure the fourth victory at Men’s WOQT, keeping leader’s position half way in the competition.

We are happy to win. China were difficult opponents. We had problems in the first two sets because we didn’t receive well. We are not qualified yet. We will do our best against Venezuela tomorrow. China are the best blocking team in this competition, but we found a solution to their blocks in the third, fourth and fifth sets.
Poland are an excellent team. I was happy with our play in the first two sets. From the third set we made mistakes and gave Poland many chances, while they corrected their mistakes. We did get one point from today’s match, so that is good.

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

Full WOQT schedule can be found here.

Iran v Japan

Result: 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 27-25) – watch full match here

Iran comes back on the third place of the competition after beating Men’s WOQT hosting team Japan 3-1. Kunihiro Shimizu was yet again the best scorer of his team and in the match with 23 points. His teammate Yuki Ishikawa was second best scorer for Japan with 18 points. On the winning side Shahram Mahmoudi scored 22 points for his team. If Iran keeps its winning score, the team has big chances to secure Rio 2016 ticket as the best Asian team.

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