The Australian men’s volleyball team has gone down in 5 sets to the world number two ranked side, the United States, this morning at the World titles in Italy.
Team USA led 2 sets to nil and looked to be on course for a 3 nil victory before the Volleyroos mounted their comeback to win the next 2, forcing the match into a 5th and deciding set. The key to the Australian turnaround was the decision by Volleyroos coach, Mark Lebedew, to rotate a number of players in the second set.
The USA recovered to win in 5 sets: 25-23, 25-20, 22-25,25-23,15-10.
Australian opposite, Lincoln Williams, virtually changed the course of the game when he came on in the second set. Williams top scored with 21 points.
By forcing the game into a 5th set, Australia secured a valuable point in the quest for a place in the top four in Pool C.
Coach Lebedew said, “The turnover of the players taking to the court was pivotal to making the difference on the game flow. I am very lucky to coach such a skilled and balanced roster. This was somehow special; to mount such a comeback and play the match, point to point, at the tie break.”
Australia, ranked 16 in the world, next play the world number 30, Cameroon in their next game tomorrow morning AEST.