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.
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.
Read interview with Stephane Antiga and Laurent Tillie here.
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.
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.