Canada claims the last Olympic berth available at WOQT in Japan after Poland, France and Iran claiming theirs earlier in the competition. Canucks defeated China in the tie-break, removing Asian team from the race, but the final call on the Olympic berth came after Poland defeated Canada’s other rival for Rio ticket, Australia.
Check out WOQT Day 6 Recap here.
Iran v Venezuela
Result: 3-2 (25-23, 27-29, 21-25, 25-18, 15-8) – watch full match here
After finding out their fate earlier in the competition, Iran and Venezuela took their last match at WOQT as an experience for bench players. Iran secured its Olympic berth on Saturday, while Venezuela failed in the race to Rio, recording seven losses in Japan.
Canada v China
Result: 3-2 (25-16, 20-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-9) – watch full match here
The second match brought more emotional to the court as both Canada and China were up to claim the last Olympic berth at WOQT. After a five-setter, Canada won the game, removing China from the race, but their own berth wasn’t certain until Australia’s match against Poland. Rio 2016 will be the first Olympics for Canada in 24 years. China missed their chance by one match, but their performance in Japan was very consistent. Young squad challenged all of the favourites of the competition, showing China’s potential for the upcoming years.
Read interview with Stephane Antiga and Laurent Tillie here.
Poland v Australia
Result: 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 27-25) – watch full match here
Australia needed to win the match against Poland, who secured its own Olympic berth as the first team at WOQT on Thursday. Coach Antiga sent on court bench players, but Polish proved too strong for Australia serving them straight set defeat and ending their dreams about Olympics.
Glenn Hoag talks to Volleyverse ahead of WOQT – read here.
Full WOQT schedule can be found here.
Japan v France
Result: 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-23) – watch full match here
Hosting team brought some joy to their fans ending WOQT with a victory over France as teams were set to ‘close’ the competition. Japan lost its chances to join their women fellow team in Rio 2016, while France secured its Olympic berth on Saturday.