TOKYO | In a resumption of the Rio Games, Canada will meet Russia in the quarterfinal round of the men’s volleyball tournament.
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Even though the Russians won in three sets of 25-15, 25-20 and 25-18 in Brazil, eliminating the Canadians, and they finished first in Group B by a record of four wins and one loss, Glenn Hoag is very happy to find them on his way.
“The Russians present a very high level and it’s going to be an extremely physical game, but they are more accessible than the Brazilians,” said the Canadian head coach, whose troop finished in fourth place in Group A by virtue of a record of two wins and three losses. Their courier is less experienced than those in Brazil and the United States, and that might help us. It’s a match within our grasp. We are really ready. We play one of the best volleyballs I’ve seen, and I’ve been on this team for a long time. “
Nicholas Hoag also believes the Russians are touchable even though they are third in the world, but Canada will have to pull off the details that make the difference. “In our duels, the world powers do not make small mistakes that make the difference at the end of the round, unlike us, underlines the receiver-attacker. We have more or less the same group as in Rio and the same state of mind, but we are more mature. We are more confident. To win a medal, you have to beat the big teams. ”
Return of the captain
Suffering from a torn quadriceps 10 days before the Games at a camp in Izmir, Turkey, captain Gord Perrin returned to play against Poland in the final game of the preliminary round. He played two innings before being taken out of the game. He will be at his post against Russia.
“We’re going to need a good performance from Sharone Vernon-Evans,” said the Canadian driver, “otherwise everything will be on the shoulders of Gord and Nich.”
In Group B, we were treated to a big surprise, as the Americans were excluded from the quarterfinal round. The Argentines earned their qualification by defeating our neighbors to the South in three sets in the last game of the preliminary round.