Canada's Nicholas Hoag attacks past the block of Mexico's Tomas Aguilera and Daniel Vargas at Rio 2016.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 13, 2016 - There was satisfaction and relief in the Canada camp after their emphatic straight-set win over Mexico that kept them in contention for a ticket to the quarterfinals of men's volleyball at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Nicholas Hoag (CAN)On an emphatic win:
"We needed three zero and we got it. It wasn't the greatest match on our part but we got the job done and that's the important part. We play Mexico every summer and we know them very well. We know they can be very scrappy and good in defence and that's what got us through."On Canada's results so far:
"We were looking to bounce back after two losses. We played amazing against the USA and then OK against Brazil and then bad against France and now we bounce back with Mexico. So it leaves us with Italy. It will be a real brawl. Real hard. They are a good team playing well. If we get that win we are most likely going to make it through the group and that would be huge for us. We have one huge match coming up. We'll get some rest and get ready."On what they have achieved so far:
"I don't think it's enough. The first step was to qualify. We did that. Coming here we wanted to beat a really good team and we did that with the USA.But we want to get more."Mexico coach Jorge AzairOn losing to Canada:
"It was good. Canada came with their match plan. It shows us what level we need to play at."Samuel Cordova (MEX)On losing four matches:
"From the beginning until now we are frustrated because we're not playing at 100%. There hasn't been a match where we showed how we are capable of playing."On how their confidence is affected:
"We are trying to show ourselves with courage. We shouldn't fail."On beginning preparing for the Tokyo Olympics:
"We have a lot of support from the federation. We're on a good path. We only play a few matches together as a national side. We need more support and development at national level. That is to key for us to be successful at a higher level."