Ottawa, Canada, June 7, 2019 - Pool hosts Canada claimed a victory against Australia in their first match in week 2 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
Glenn Hoag, Head Coach, Canada: "We knew Australia would be a very good team physically. The teams last weekend were not as physical as the teams here this weekend. We played well, we started a little slow but the guys kept their composure and played a solid match. Sharone was great for us tonight. We still have a lot of things we need to work on."
John Gordon Perrin, Captain, Canada: "Australia is very aggressive on their attack and they like to take some very gutsy swings. They had us on their heels a little bit to begin with but we were able to save the first set, which was important and we were then able to control the match. There are always things we can do better. We’re still working on our offense to get it a little more crisp, but it’s getting better every weekend, which is great for us. We still have a little way to go before we reach our top form, but we’re getting close."
Mark Lebedew, Coach, Australia: "It was a disappointing game because we didn’t follow some of the basic principles of how we want to play, how we want to attack teams, how we want to go into the field of play. We were too worried about things that weren’t the ball we were playing. Sometimes it was the score, sometimes it was what happened in previous rallies, but we can’t play with that sort of inhibition and that’s something we have to work on between now and tomorrow—that we play without inhibition, that we play our way of playing."
Harrison Peacock, Captain, Australia: "We struggled to start and lost a bit of confidence. We’re struggling to find our best rhythm, but we had glimpses of it in the sets, especially in the start of the match, we started pretty well. If we’d been able to follow that through we would have been more competitive. Tomorrow we need to work on our game; most of it is on our side of the court. We need to make little changes to improve, and hopefully as we keep doing that we’ll keep getting better and better."