The Australian women’s Volleyroos will play Chinese Taipei in their opening match of the Asian Volleyball Confederation Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which starts in Thailand on 7 January.
The Qualifying Tournament will feature the top teams from the Asian Championships in August, minus the host country for next year’s Olympics, Japan and China. Both these teams qualified through the FIVB Intercontinental Qualifying Tournament.
Seven teams are left in the race for the one position remaining for the Tokyo Olympics, following the withdrawal of Hong Kong.
Australia is in Pool A alongside Chinese Taipei and Thailand, with Korea, Kazakhstan, Iran and Indonesia in Pool B in the six-day tournament.
The Volleyroos have been in a training camp at the AIS. Their preparation includes games against the Canberra men’s teams and a short camp in Thailand.
The core of the team has played 28 internationals this year. Coach, Marty Collins, says this is all in addition to their club commitments; “It’s been a big year competition wise for the Volleyroos with many just finishing their AVL season for their respective clubs or they are halfway through their professional season.”
Marty says the Volleyroos have responded to the challenges presented during the training camp. “I am happy where we are physically at this stage, and a concerted effort to make some small improvements in all areas will hopefully unlock our way of playing.”