It was a tough opening weekend of Volleyball Nations League for the Australian helloworld travel Volleyroos but the final set against hosts France is plenty of reason to believe the best is yet to come.
The three matches across the weekend had moments of individual brilliance from the helloworld travel Volleyroos but for coach Mark Lebedew the consistent cohesion as a team had been missing until a thrilling final set against France (34-36).
“In the beginning of the match we played like we expected them to beat us but the longer the match went on we showed what we are capable of achieving.” Said Lebedew
“The third set we had a couple of set points. On another day we win that third set and we play again but for today that was a good effort.”
Captain Harry Peacock, while disappointed at losing all three matches of the weekend says that finding their rhythm in the final set of the weekend is something that gives him great confidence they can raise the bar from here.
“Yeah for sure in that last set we showed we can compete against the best team in the world. We just have to take that into every game we play. Its nothing that we aren’t capable of doing, we just need to bring that now to every game for the rest of the VNL.” Said Peacock.
The helloworld travel Volleyroos now leave France to travel to Bulgaria for yet another big challenge where they will face Russia, Bulgaria and Serbia. Australian fans can watch all matches on Fox Sports.
Fox Sports Broadcast times
June 2 Australia v Russia 0900 AEST (CH 503)
June 3 Australia v Bulgaria 0900 AEST (CH503)
June 4 Australia v Serbia 1600 AEST (CH 503)
Coach Mark Lebedew while conceding his men have missed the start is confident that they are moving in the right direction.
“Every day we’ve had some good stuff. Nemo’s (Nehemiah Mote) performance against Japan was outstanding. Lincoln (Williams) has been great starting against Iran and off the bench today against France. Thomas Hodge was really good coming off the bench against Japan . Beau Graham has been really steady these last two matches Luke Perry had a great game today. Said Lebedew.
“We’ve had lots of performances individually we played together for some periods but we’re not where we need to be but we are making some progress.”
The helloworld travel Volleyroos will take plenty of lessons out of their first weekend and will be aiming to turn that into some surprise victories in the second week against some high powered opposition.
Australian fans get ready because the VNL is coming to Melbourne’s Hi-Sense Arena June 22-24 where you’ll see the Aussies take on Poland, Brazil and Argentina three of the best volleyball countries in the world.