Ottawa, Canada, June 9, 2019 - Pool hosts Canada were defeated by Serbia on the final day of action in Ottawa on Sunday in week 2 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
Glenn Hoag, Head Coach, Canada: "We’re a bit disappointed with the loss but we tried hard, some of the players were pretty tired. Serbia served really well so it was really hard for us. We came back in the fifth set and got a point, so that’s positive for us. The style of play is important and we did some good things. Today our blocking wasn’t working so well which is a sign of fatigue. Every match prepares us for our future objectives."
John Gordon Perrin, Captain, Canada: "Serbia played well, they served very aggressively at the start which got us out of our side-out game. It was a good game for the fans; both Serbia and Canada. You could notice that we were a little bit tired. It’s the third game and we couldn’t find our level. We took a step backwards, but we’ll find it and move forward to Iran. We’re still building on the court since we’ve only had a couple days together as a team after our professional seasons, so we’re trying to come together on the court in front of everyone. It’s not always pretty but by the time we arrive in August for the Olympic qualifier we’ll be playing our best."
Dusan Petkovic, Captain, Serbia: "We played with a little more energy and we wanted to win. Canada is a really good team and played really good volleyball. We tried to play for every ball and we're very happy to win."
Nikola Grbic, Coach, Serbia: "It’s the third day and my players have played 15 sets from the first day until now, so they’re a bit exhausted. The good thing was some new players went in and brought new energy, and that’s why I’m really happy—the guys who almost never played went in and really played good volleyball. It’s a great experience for them and a good result for us."