Canada "starting to come together" after two straight wins against Cuba


Gordon Perrin had 12 points in Canada's 3-0 win against Cuba

Calgary, Canada, May 17, 2015 - Canada beat Cuba 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-21) in their Pool C FIVB World League match, earning a maximum six points form their first two matches, both against Cuba, of the 2015 tournament.

Glenn Hoag, Canada head coach: “There were some good things today. TJ (Sanders) did a better job. We started a bit slow and tentative in our setting at the beginning. But then we got more relaxed, and our serving was also better today. We were patient and played some good block defence.”

Gordon Perrin, Canada: “It feels good. Usually when we get back we’re a little rusty because we haven’t practised a lot. The first games are sometimes played on the fly. It’s good to get two 3-0 wins, because that’s not what usually happens in the first leg of World League – usually you split because both teams are a little rusty. But we escaped with two big wins and it’s starting to come together.

“We play them next week in Detroit and the stakes are even higher because it’s for a berth at World Cup, which is the first Olympic qualification.”

Rodolfo Sanchez, Cuba head coach: “Next time we will try to play better because the team is so young, they had a lot of errors. We have a lot of work to do.”

Rolando Cepeda Abreu, Cuba Captain: “Our team is young and we don’t have that competitive fire yet to play and win. As we go along, we’re going to get more experience.”


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