Canada hoist up with a win over Venezuela
Canada got their second consecutive victory at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament, following their 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 27-25) win over Venezuela at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Canada coach Glenn Hoag: “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. Now we are looking forward to the next match.”
Canada captain Rudy Verhoeff: “We knew it would be a battle again. They have powerful attackers. We received well and were efficient in the middle, so we could run the plays that what we wanted to do. I’m pleased with our defence, which we hope we can continue to improve as we progress. We are glad to finish in three sets.”
Venezuela coach Vincenzo Nacci: “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.”
Venezuela captain Kervin Pinerua: “We played better in the third set. We did not have enough confidence and composure. In this case, the team that had that, won the match.”
Venezuela player Carlos Paez: “We lost once again. We made a lot of errors and our counter-attack was weak and that caused us to lose this match.”