October 27, 2021

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Tokyo Games: End of course for men’s volleyball team

Tokyo Games: End of course for men's volleyball team

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In a scenario similar to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, both teams also crossed the swords in the quarterfinals, with Canada losing by three sets to the third best team in the world on Monday night.

This is how his journey in Tokyo ended.

Because of this setback, Canada finished fifth in the games, as was Rio.

After finishing fourth in Los Angeles in 1984, it was the best result in the country’s history, qualifying for the first time in two games in a row.

“We were disappointed because we were aiming for the podium and I’m going to replay the game a few times in my head wondering what else I can do,” said head coach Glenn Hogg.

“I was disappointed with the little things we missed, but I played at a level never possible. We performed better against the Russians than we did in Rio,” Kubeser analyzed.

Operating pressure

Nicholas Hogg praised the performance of his rivals.

“I’ve rarely seen them play like that,” the forward-receiver said. They put a lot of pressure on us to serve. Because it is so difficult at the reception, it is easy to block their big players. “

“I’m proud of our performance in the squad and in Tokyo,” continued Hogg, who committed six murders. Good things are waiting for us for Paris. We improved from Rio, but all the teams also took their game to a height. We fought to the end. “

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Swan song

The defeat also marks the coach’s last game at the Olympics.

A member of the Canadian team as a player in 1984, Glenn Hogg revived a program that was in serious trouble and allowed it to regain its glory.

“It’s hard to leave,” said a La Toke native in Mauritius. When you see guys playing that way, you want to be. I will take part in the role to be decided. ”

“When you see someone like TJ [Sanders], One of the best passers in the world, has only played a few games in the last two years and who should not play in Tokyo because of his back pain, you are honored to have coached him. I look at pictures of TJ, Nick and Lucas [Van Berkel] Recently with their baby faces and it can be weird to leave them. “

Speaking of which, Hogg was emotional for the first time since the interview and could not hold back some tears.

Heartbreaking second round

After a 25-21 defeat in the first set, Canada came back in the second set, pushing the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) players to their limit, but that was not enough.

The Russians secured their sixth set point to win 30-28. Powerful attack ensures success.

Although Canada never gave up, the ROC completed a sweep of 25-22 in the third inning to secure their place in the fourth quarter.

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