The Australian men’s volleyball team recovered from a heartbreaking loss to Serbia to record their opening win in this year’s Volleyball Nations League in round 2 in Ottawa, Canada. The Volleyroos beat Germany 3-0: 25-20, 25-20, and 25-16.
Both sides entered the game following tough five set matches over the weekend, with Australia going down to Serbia 3-2 following a 3-0 loss to Canada on the opening night.
Australian coach, Mark Lebedew, said his side showed their ability to recover from their previous game against Serbia, better than Germany recovered from their game against Canada; “We did a fantastic job managing the situation. We had five different guys starting against Germany than we had for the Serbian game. The work of the team, the work of the medical staff, the recovery, and everything that we did between all the games accounted for today’s win.”
Lebedew says it was important to bounce back following the opening match against Canada, and leave Ottawa with a victory; “We had a bad Friday when we played Canada but we bounced back with a strong game yesterday against Serbia, even though we didn’t win. Today, we didn’t give them a chance to play. We didn’t give them a chance to get energy from the crowd or from any part of the game, so it was a well deserved win for us.”
Australia heads to Varna, Bulgaria this weekend for round three games against Bulgaria, Italy and Japan.