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Men’s WOQT Day 6 Recap: Three teams to claim the last berth

Saturday, 04 Jun 2016
Zuzanna Dulnik - @ZetDe04
Fahrad Ghaemi and Raul Lozano celebrate Iran’s Olympic berth (Photo: FIVB)

France and Iran join Poland after claiming their Olympic berth on the day 6 at Men’s WOQT. Canada, China and Australia are still in the race. Canada and China will fight for the point in the direct clash, while Australians will face Polish who already secured their Olympic berth on Thursday. 

Check out WOQT Day 5 Recap here.

Australia v China

Result: 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24) – watch full match here

Australia extended its chances for Olympic berth, taking third victory in the competition against continental opponent China. The loss doesn’t take China’s chances away and the team will fight directly against one of the last teams standing – Canada.

This was an important match for us for the rest of the tournament. Our matches with China are always tough. Our Olympic dream is still in our hands. China knows me well because I played there last season. They had a plan for me. It was a difficult match, but we are satisfied with the result.
This was a very important match for China. We did not play too well. We were under strong pressure today. We were overwhelmed by their strong attack. They had a bigger desire to go to the Olympics than us. We have one game left tomorrow.

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

France v Venezuela

Result: 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-11, 20-25, 15-9) – watch full match here

France needed only two sets against Venezuela to secure spot in Rio 2016. After leading 2-1 coach Tillie allowed bench players to take over. Venezuela took the match until tie-break, but France eventually tapped the victory.

Today we got the ticket to the Olympics and I’m happy about that. Venezuela played well. We only had to take two sets to go to the Olympics, but it was stressful for us. We did not have a good rhythm. We are happy to be qualified because it has been a dream for us.
Congratulations to France on making it to the Olympics. Our team is playing better with each match. We are playing harder. I like to coach a team like this that is improving. All the teams here are strong. We can’t go to Olympics, but I think we played hard. We have a tough competition coming up in the World League.

Read interview with Stephane Antiga and Laurent Tillie here.

Iran v Poland

Result: 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 34-32) – watch full match here

Iran needed to win against Poland to claim an Olympic berth. Polish already secured their own ticket Rio 2016 on Thursday, so coach Stephane Antiga allowed the bench player to step in against Iran. Lozano’s team led 2-0 when Poland took the third set and tied score at the end of the fourth, trying to get to the tie-break. The game gt more nervous, when Iran tried to finish the match. they did at last, winning the last set 34-32.

It’s time to celebrate. It’s the first time in history for Iran to make the Olympics. I’m really happy. We didn’t qualify four years ago, losing out by one set to Australia and it was a bad memory for us. This might have been the last chance for some Iran players to make the Olympics. We have made history.
We are already working towards the Olympic Games, so it’s a different motivation. Our players tried to do their best today. I’m satisfied with the way we played in the last two sets. Congratulations to Iran on qualifying for the Olympics.

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

Full WOQT schedule can be found here.

Japan v Canada

Result: 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 29-27) – watch full match here

Canada keeps the chances alive after defeating hosting team Japan 3-1. Bench players paid a big role in Canada’s victory. The team will face China tomorrow directly fighting for an Olympic berth. Japan already lost its chance to be in Rio earlier in the competition.

We are very happy with the win. We have a chance to qualify tomorrow. I’m proud of our players. The bench players like Marshall and Vigrass did a good job. Japan are a great team, they fought hard with their younger players tonight. Now we have to recover for tomorrow. Our spirits are in a good place. We will give it our all tomorrow.
In the first set our serve was effective and reception was stable. From the second set our reception went downhill and their attack became more effective. Their side-out was better from the second set. Without our good servers we have to fight an uphill battle.

 

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