Glenn Hoag: "We played a little bit nervous in the first two sets"


Canada coach Glenn Hoag admits that his players were a little bit nervous in the beginning of the match against China

Gdansk, Poland, September 7, 2014 – Canada ended their first round stint with a 3-0 victory over China in Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship at the Ergo Arena on Sunday. 

China captain Zhong Weijun: “It was very close in the first two sets, we were leading but we did not manage to sustain it and get the crucial points. Our major problem in this match was our defence. We really have to play better in the next round.” 

China coach Xie Guochen: “I saw a great effort from my players in this match. We tried to keep up in the first two sets of this match but we just lost a grip of everything in the third set. We also lacked confidence in the end. We needed to score on the crucial moments but we did not manage to do it. This is something psychological on our part because technically and physically we are very well prepared. My players are still inexperienced and they need time to develop. Hopefully in this Championship, we will be able to gain some psychological strength.” 

Canada captain Frederic Winters: “It was a good match for China especially in the first two sets, they really tried hard to win. On our part, I am very happy about the fact that when they were leading, we managed to make a comeback. In the succeeding parts, we had full control of the crucial points. Hopefully we can prepare ourselves even better for the next round and perform better in all departments.” 

Canada coach Glenn Hoag: “We expected a very difficult match with China. They played very good volleyball, so we started a little bit nervous. They threatened us with their serve but in the end we managed to control it. It was important for us to gain three points for the next round. I can see that my team is improving. I am happy with the way Nicholas Hoag and Dallas Soonias played today.”


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