Canada Beaten in straight set over France
France took a solid step in reaching their Rio 2016 dream, after they defeated Canada 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-16) at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Thursday.
France coach Laurent Tillie: “We won and I am happy. France can be sure to go to Rio with one more win. We must keep our concentration in the next match. It was a great performance today by the team. We have to play well against Venezuela and Japan.”
France captain Benjamin Toniutti: “Today’s win was important. We feel Rio is not too far away now. The morning match start made it difficult today. Canada rested their top players today and we went against players we didn’t expect to play, so that made it tough.”
Canada coach Glenn Hoag: “France are one of the best teams in the tournament and world. They have probably the best technical level in the world and we warned our guys about this. We struggled to stay focused today. We must now turn our attention to the last two matches and get ready for Japan and China.
Canada captain Rudy Verhoeff: “France played excellent today. We had difficult times scoring. Their serves and block defence made it hard for us to score. They pick up balls on defence and transition to score well. We have to focus on the next two matches to get our ticket. That is our goal.”