Canadians: We scored a second victory at this world championship and that is the most important thing!


Ruse, Bulgaria, September 13, 2018 - Canada shut out Egypt in another straight-set 3-0 (27-25, 30-28, 25-19) in Pool B at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship! 

Stephane Antiga, coach of Canada: “It was a difficult game, but I am happy that we made a clear win. Egypt played really well in this game. Yesterday we saw their good techniques in attack and in serve when they played against Brazil. We had good side-outs, but it was not enough to get a big lead. The good thing is that we managed to stay focused and dominate in the decisive moments, especially in the second part, when it was really difficult for us. We scored a second victory at this world championship and that is the most important thing.” 

Nicholas Hoag, player of Canada: “It felt like a really long game today. Egyptian team played really well. They received well and it was hard. We know we had to keep serving and defending well during the whole match. It was really hard but we managed to win 3-0 and it is great, because at this tournament, if you want to progress to the next round, every set is important.”  

Mohamed Moselhy Ibrahim, coach of Egypt: “I think we played much better than yesterday, especially in the first two sets. We had our chances but maybe the problem was the poor effectiveness of our counter-attack. On the other hand, Canada showed a great tactical serve, which gave them the opportunity to score some easy points. Tomorrow we will face one of the favorites at this tournament, so it will be a difficult match for sure.” 

Hossam Abdalla, player of Egypt: “Obviously, we played better than yesterday. The game was equal in the first two sets. We played point by point against such a strong team like Canada, but in the end we should not have made that many mistakes. We did some unforced errors, we did not have much luck and lost. Now we have to start to think and focus on our next match against France tomorrow. They are a strong team and we will try to do our best.“