Sofia, Bulgaria, September 21, 2018 – USA extended their winning streak to six games opening Pool G play with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-14, 21-25, 25-17) success over Canada. The Americans recorded their best start in the history of the championship while Canada lost its third consecutive game to remain bottom of the group.
John Speraw, head coach of USA: “Obviously, we played against a very good team. They came out with a great competitive energy and we knew that Canada will come back in the match. But we have patient boys, they came back in the fourth set and got it back. Overall it was a very well played match. Tomorrow we will play against the home team. It’s going to be a huge crowd and I think it’s going to be difficult for us. We will rest tonight and we’ll see what is going to happen tomorrow.”
Daniel McDonnell, player of USA: “It was a great game! Canada is a team that we know pretty well. We watched a bunch of videos, we studied hard and we were really prepared for this match. Tomorrow against Bulgaria is going to be a very tough game because they are at home. We going to play our game, and will give a 100%.”
Stephane Antiga, head coach of Canada: “We are very disappointed. Against Brazil and France we had opportunities, we were very close to the opponents, but missed our chances. Today was totally different situation. Only in the third set we played better than USA. In the other 3 sets they dominated, they were stronger. We were not even close to them. There are different reasons for the final result, we had different problems tonight. Even after the three consecutive losses, we still have opportunity to progress to the next round.”
Nicholas Hoag, player Canada: “Today USA served very well in the first two sets. Our transition attack wasn’t on a high level. It wasn’t easy to get points off it.”