Seoul, Korea - Australia’s Helloworld Travel Volleryoos have made it three wins in a row for the first time at the Volleyball Nations League with a gutsy 3-1 win over China.
The match was won in the second set with a classic marathon that eventually fell the Aussies way 41-39.
That appeared to break China’s spirit and the momentum was now all with Australia.
It may not have been their most polished performance of the campaign but it was definitely one the Aussies could be proud of as they went toe to toe with China and never gave up.
Captain Paul Carroll was sensational yet again top scoring with 31 points to inspire his team and was well supported by Jordan Richards (23).
Just like the night before against Korea the Aussies got off to a slow start losing the first set but they seem to enjoy fighting their way out of a hole.
“After we won that second set we just rode the momentum and drove it home.” Said Captain Paul Carroll after the match.
The third set was also an extended one (29-27) but this time the Volleyroos always had the mental edge over their opponents.
Once into a fourth set the Aussies weren’t going take the foot off the throat, closing it out 25-21.
“Not sure we played as well as we played against Korea yesterday or even one of our best 6 games but we gutted it out we stayed together we stayed focused as a group and we played for each other just to get the win.” Said Volleyroos Coach Mark Lebedew after the win.
Now the focus for the Volleyroos is their final match of the weekend against Italy for a possible clean sweep ahead of the VNL heading to Melbourne for its final week next weekend.
“We’ve won three in a row that’s first and we have a great chance tomorrow for a clean sweep of the weekend against Italy if we find some energy there’s no reason why we cant get the win.” Said Coach Mark Lebedew.
Captain Paul Carroll is determined to finish the weekend on a high.
“The clean sweep is absolutely what we want this weekend and then ride the momentum all the way to Melbourne next week.” Said Carroll.
The victory over China also see Australia retain the Hancock Cup for whenever Australia plays China in FIVB competition or friendlies for indoor and FIVB Finals for beach.
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