Australia’s Volleyroos have been outclassed by world number one and Rio Olympic Gold Medallists Brazil at tonights Volleyball Nations Leauge match 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-19) at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena.
The Aussies four game winning streak in the Volleyball Nations League came to an end while the Brazilians got back on the winners list after uncharacteristically losing their last three matches of the VNL.
In front of a vocal and enthusiastic home crowd the Volleyroos got off to a booming start but just couldn’t maintain the pressure.
However Brazil always had plenty of tricks still in the bag to get back in front and take the first set 25-22.
Australia, as they’ve showed all tournament, were playing without fear but again the second set began to get away from them at 18-14.
Coach Mark Lebedew made some changes injecting youth off the bench with Arash Dosanjh and Thomas Hodges lifting the Aussies to back within two points before Brazil pulled away to claime the set (25-19) and a 2-0 lead .
There was controversy in the third set with Brazil leading 17-14 when they were awarded the point but Australia challenged claiming Harry Peacock had not touched the ball, that upset the Brazilians and the game was held up for several minutes with heated words exchanged before Brazil finally got their way and the point.
In the end Brazil though were simply too classy winning the match 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-19).
Coach Mark Lebedew said he was disappointed but conceded the result was not that big of a surprise.
"The more disappointing thing is not the result but how we played. We didn’t play badly, we fought hard, we made them play extra balls, we were good in defence but we didn't play at the level that we set ourselves in the last 10 days or so.” said Lebedew.
"Its mportant for us we learn from that today and in sport and we can get back on the horse pretty fast and tomorrow we get back on and ride that bugger.”
Captain Paul Carroll felt the start of the second and third sets was what let them down.
“Its almost like we preferred to chase them from behind. We played our best volleyball when they were a few points in front if we start those sets well then we win the second or third set and we’d be still playhibng right now. " said Carroll.
"So tomorrow against Argentina we need to not give them a lead and if we can do that I think we can beat Argentina quite convincingly."
PHOTOS FROM TONIGHTS MATCH CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE
WHAT'S ON TOMORROW
|WHAT: AUS V ARGENTINA - VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE
WHEN: SATURDAY 5.30PM
WHERE: HISENSE ARENA
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