The Australian Helloworld Travel Volleyroos are showing no fear, despite the daunting task of drawing the same pool as Volleyball
super powers Russia and the U.S.A for next year’s world championships in Italy and Bulgaria.
Volleyroo Luke Perry is super excited for the challenge and says that’s just the way Aussies like it.
“Nothing better than being an underdog” said Perry.
“It’s a tough pool but they are all tough - that's what the World Championships are all about and that’s what makes it exciting - to play the best teams in the world.”
The revolutionary all new Volleyball Nations League in June should serve as the perfect lead in for the Volleyroos as they pursue World Championship glory in September.
It’s a gruelling schedule, the Volleyroos must face all fifteen of the world’s top nations over five weeks across four continents in the exciting new Volleyball Nations League.
“We will be playing in France, Bulgaria, Canada, Korea and Melbourne. That will be good preparation for the world championships but it’s an important event in itself.” Said Volleyball Australia High performance director John Boultbee.
The rest of the world might underrate the Volleyroos but the Australians have high expectations of themselves and fear no one.
Volleyroo Adam White says the atmosphere of a world championships could be enough to lift the Aussies to greatness.
“It could be like the last World Championships in Poland which was crazy. The beauty of the World Championships is being on the big stage and playing the big teams. Never count the Volleyroos out!”
One thing is for sure the Aussie coaching staff will be ready for the big time with Mark Lebedew facing off just this week in Europe against his Volleyroo assistant Luke Reynolds in the European Champions League.
Lebedew’s Polish team Jastrzebski defeated Reynolds Berlin side BR Volleys, that included volleyroos Paul Carroll, Adam White and Luke Perry, 3-0.
The World Championships in September will feature a total of twenty four teams. Two from South America, four from Asia (including Australia), ten (including the hosts and defending champions Poland) from Europe, three from Africa and five from the North, Central America and Caribbean.
The Aussies are not looking any further than their pool matches with their goal to finish top four and make it to the second round.
USA played Russia for the Bronze Medal at last year’s Rio Olympic and Serbia won the World League as well in 2016. The Volleyroos have a massive mountain to climb next year but you get the feeling there are well and truly up for it.