A high error count has cost the Australian men’s volleyball team dearly in their FIVB World League game against Japan, the Volleyroos losing 18-25, 25-17, 21-25, 22-25 in Slovakia.
After winning their opening match in a five-set thriller against Portugal, the Australians have now lost consecutive matches against Slovakia and Japan, and will head to Finland for three more matches next weekend.
The Australians dominated in all the statistics, except in the error count. The Volleyroos had 31 errors compared to Japan’s 15.
After resting on Saturday, captain Paul Carroll once again top scored with 24 points, while Nathan Roberts, who was also rested on Saturday, had 23 points including three blocks.
"We are disappointed,” Carroll said.
“We were playing very well, but then at times we let them play better. They had great ball control and we didn’t put them under enough pressure.
“We have only one victory, we need to work and play better. Now we are heading to Finland and I hope it will be better.
“We are lucky that we don´t need to fight for the place in Finals. We want to be in best shape possible in Gold Coast.”
Coach Mark Lebedew said his team had a different attitude against Japan.
"I think we didn’t approach the match in same way that we approached first two matches,” he said.
“We were worrying about the things that are not important and we didn’t play well. We have to learn to play every point with the same approach, otherwise we will never get better.”
The Volleyroos are guaranteed a place in the Group Two semi-finals on the Gold Coast next month as the host nation.