Winters says Canada fought until the end in five-set thriller


Hiroshima, Japan, September 13, 2015 - Fred Winters said Canada had no choice but to fight for every ball following a gripping win over Australia.

Canada coach Glenn Hoag: We are very happy with the win after a disappointing match against Japan last night. We showed ourselves something today. At 20-18 in the fifth set it could have gone either way. We are continuing to work as hard as we can to improve.

Australia coach Roberto Santilli: We played good. Both teams played well. After a big fight they won on a lucky serve on the net. Technically it was a marathon. We tried to use all of our players tonight. We struggled on reception at times. Our team played well. I am satisfied with the level we played at.

Canada captain Frederic Winters: A big win for our team. At 20-18 in the fifth set there is really not a loser. We didn't give up in the fifth set. It was a nice win after two pretty bad performances. We had no choice but to continue to fight. Our offensive rhythm was good. At the end we knew mentally that we had to go for every ball.

Australia captain Thomas Edgar: It was a difficult match. They had a solid attack and counterattack. We had the momentum at the start but lost it in the second and third set.. We battled back in the fourth set. We are still making easy errors. It's about how you finished games, not start them. (On FIVB-record 50 point game against Egypt on Saturday) It doesn't matter how many points I scored. It's about whether we won or not. It's a team game and whether we get the result. That is what is important.


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