Block improvement necessary for Hoag


Hiroshima, Japan, September 9, 2015 - Canada coach Glenn Hoag said his team must improve their block if they want to pick up further wins at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup Japan 2015.

Canada coach Glenn Hoag: "This is our first win in the World Cup. We have to work a lot for every point. We have been struggling with our blocks. We want to improve the here. The team is a bit tired and has some jet lag. Egypt served well until the fifth set. We want to try and save energy as the event goes on. Part of our problem is a lack of condition due to the short summer we had with the World League and Pan Am Games. We want to have freshness for NORCECA after this, which is important."

Egypt coach Nehad Shehata: "Canada played good, especially in the fifth set. We had the lead in all sets but they came back. Canada is trying for the Olympic bid. We have young players and our trying to improve our ranking and get experience here. We will play to our maximum in each match."

Canada captain Frederic Winters: "Egypt is really improved since we played them at the world championships. They are playing at a good level. It was good to win and have many players contribute. We have to get used to these kind of long and hot matches. Everyone is serving hard these days. The errors in the final set were more a coincidence than fatigue or pressure. We have a bunch of guys who set a great atmosphere for the team."

Egypt captain Ahmed Abdelhay: "Canada is experience and higher ranked. We lost in five sets. It was very difficult with our mistakes and tough to beat them with their experience. The result is the result and even if I played well we lost."


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