The Australian men’s Volleyroos pushed the top three teams from last year’s world titles on the opening weekend of the Volleyball Nations League in Katowice, Poland. The highlight was the Volleyroos performance in their second game against the 2016 Olympic champions Brazil.
Brazil won a hard-fought 3-2 battle against the Volleyroos, in what goes down as the highest scoring match in VNL history, with a total of 235 points scored. The game saw Australian outside hitter, Sam Walker, send down a record seven aces.
In their opening match, the Volleyroos went down 3-1 to the world champions, Poland.
The weekend in Katowice concluded with the United States accounting for Australia 3-1.
Coach Mark Lebedew says the loss to the United States was a disappointing way to finish the first round after pushing Brazil to the limit the night before; “Today we didn’t have the capacity to fight for this game. The U.S. were more willing to fight, more willing to do the difficult things today. And in this kind of event you have to be prepared and do everything you can. It was a good performance on the first two days, and a missed opportunity on the third day.”
Australian captain, Harry Peacock, says his side struggled against the U.S. after the five game setter against Brazil, “We had a problem with energy in this game after a really hard match, but it’s still not an excuse.”
Brazil finished the weekend with three wins from three games.
Australia heads to Ottawa, Canada for round two, with games next weekend against Canada, Serbia and Germany.