FIVB - Volleyball World League

Press release

We kept focus and took the initiative, says Canada coach Hoag


Canada battled out a victory, said captain Frederic Winters

Osaka, Japan, July 7, 2013 – Canada coach Glenn Hoag has praised his players for keeping their focus in the 3-2 defeat of Japan (25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 25-18, 15-7) in Osaka on Sunday.

The victory clinched a spot in the World League finals in Mar del Plata, Argentina, later this month for the Canadians.

"It was a much better performance by Japan today," said Hoag. "We did not serve so well, and Japan received very well. In the fourth set it seemed like their level dropped and we were able to go on and win the match.

"I told the players to stay focused in the fourth set and keep doing what they had been doing. We remained patient and kept our poise."

Canada captain Frederic Winters added: "Many of our players said it was one of our toughest matches in a long time. They played really good defense today. They didn't play like that yesterday."

"We are not as technically skilled as some European teams, but we battled through today. We have won six matches in a row and are going to Argentina. It feels great."

Japan coach Gary Sato said: "It was a hard-fought match. We made adjustments offensively and defensively after watching the film from yesterday's match. We formulated a plan on how to utilise our attackers. Our hitters were successfuly with these tactics at times."

Japan captain Kota Yamamura said: "It's too bad we could not win today. We put up a better challenge than yesterday. We need to improve our serve and ability to deal with blocks.

Japan player Yu Koshikawa said: "I'm happy we played better than yesterday. Our next challenge is to take more chances."

Japan player Tatsuya Fukuzawa added: "We tend to become negative about our play after a bad point. Coach Sato is always encouraging us to think positively and focus on the next play."

2013 World League Tournament page 
2013 World League Live Scorebox 
2013 World League Schedule 
FIVB World Rankings

Statistical Preview 

Facebook: FIVB - International Volleyball Federation

Twitter: @FIVB Volleyball@FIVBWorIdLeague

YouTubeFIVB Video


Download highresolution

 Language(s)
   English

| More

More press releases

   
08.08.2013 12:17:44
VolleyWorld relives the action of the 2013 FIVB World League
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 8, 2013 – After six weeks of intense volleyball action during the Intercontinental Round of the 2013 FIVB World League, ... More...
23.07.2013 16:18:29
The start of an era
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 23, 2013 - As the excitement of the World League Finals winds down, Andrea Zorzi takes a look back at the action and why h... More...
22.07.2013 21:36:55
Canada jumps in rankings after World League performance
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2013 – The Canadian men’s national team’s exceptional performance in the 2013 FIVB World League has resulted in a seve... More...
22.07.2013 04:29:34
Every point was made of gold - Spiridonov
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Alexey Spiridinov says 'every point was made of gold' as Russia overwhelmed Brazil 3-0 in the final match of... More...
22.07.2013 01:04:42
We were surprised by Vettori - Sokolov
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Tsvetan Sokolov says the unexpected appearance of young Italian wing spiker Luca Vettori was the difference ... More...
22.07.2013 00:21:20
Young Vettori makes a point as Italy win bronze
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Young Italian star Luca Vettori led Italy to their first World League medal since 2004 with a 3-2 win agains... More...
21.07.2013 23:36:45
Russia become three-time World League champions
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – Olympic champions Russia became the third country after Brazil and Italy to win three or more World League t... More...
21.07.2013 23:12:03
Russia beat Brazil in straight sets to claim third World League title
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – The Olympic champions and world No. 2 Russia defeated Brazil 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) to claim their third ... More...
21.07.2013 20:17:40
Same Olympic matches, different World League teams
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - The medal deciders at the 2013 World League Finals are exactly the same as last year's matches at the 2012 O... More...
21.07.2013 19:17:47
Vettori leads Italy to bronze on Finals debut
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – World No 3 Italy repeated their London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal result by beating Bulgaria 3-2 (21-25... More...