Hoag happy to be back at the World Cup
Nicholas "Nick" Hoag of Canada in action against Iran at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup
Hoag receives the Mikasa
Nick returns to World Cup competition after performing well in the 2015 edition, clocking in enough minutes to make a lasting impression upon those who follow the sport.
Nicholas Hoag spikes through Iran's triple block at the World Cup in 2015
Over the last four years, Nick has seen his place in the team evolve, as he takes on a more challenging role.
“I think I need to play much better in the next few days to prove that I can be the captain of this team, and to bring victory to the team. Obviously there’s pressure that comes with that, in every game that we play, in every competition. We have to live up to that pressure and try to get some wins for the next few days and be ready for January for the Olympic qualifier,” he said.
“We have a very special relationship in the volleyball world. Now that I’ve built a name and a brand for myself, I think it’s something that I have to keep on doing. I have to keep building that and prove that I can maintain that level of volleyball,” he added.
Team Canada celebrate a point
“Now we’re getting better and better. We’ve been putting a lot of effort in the technical skills. Now we see that the blocking is very good, which is always a strong point of ours. We need to put our second line of defence at the back, and that’s what we’ve been working on. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t so we need to try and find the consistency in our level of defence. Once we establish that, we’re probably gonna have a better team over-all.”
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