Botevgrad, Bulgaria, May 30, 2015 – Canada coach Glenn Hoag said that his side played very well despite a long journey after his side beat Bulgaria 3-1 in their FIVB World League match on Saturday evening at the Arena Botevgrad.
"It is quite hard to perform well after a long journey like that,” said Hoag. “I am happy with this victory, because the players kept patience after the long trip, and each of them contributed. They fought well even in the heaviest moments.”
"It is not easy to travel and play like this, and we are happy to defeat Bulgaria in their arena,” added Canada captain Fred Winters. "We started with two fantastic sets and then Bulgaria woke up and tried to return. The good thing is the players did not panic and even in tough situations we made some good plays.”
Bulgaria woke up too late to completely return in the match against Canada, said coach Plamen Konstantinov. "We started with one team and finished with another, but the substitutes came in very well,” he said. “Unfortunately, it was too late. It is obvious that Canada is much better prepared. They have played already 6 matches They served better and made 6 aces against only 9 unforced errors.”
"Canada was better in every aspect of the game, and they deserve this victory", added Bulgaria captain Vladimir Nikolov. The two sides meet again on Sunday afternoon in the same venue.