The Helloworld Travel Volleyroos have been put to the test by world number six team Japan on the opening day of the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships in Manila.
The Australians battled hard all game, and matched the much more accomplished Japanese team in the opening set.
But the Volleyroos found it hard to match the all-round aggression and skill of the Japanese team, losing in straight sets, 25-19, 25-14, 25-8.
Australia has been drawn in a tough 3-team group at these Championships. They will have a bye on Thursday, before taking on Olympic gold medallists China on Friday.