Australia has finished eighth at the men’s Asian Volleyball Championships being played in Surabaya, Indonesia.
The young Helloworld Travel Volleyroos lost the play-off for seventh place to Chinese Taipei 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 15-11.
Japan, victorious over Australia in both the World League finals on the Gold Coast and at the Asian World Championship qualifiers in Canberra, won their ninth Asian title with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan.
Australian coach Mark Lebedew took the opportunity to provide several younger squad members valuable playing time during the Asian Championships.
The Helloworld Travel Volleyroos booked their ticket for next year’s World Championships by finishing second in last month’s Asian qualifiers.