Seoul, South Korea - Australia returned to winning ways with their veteran captain Paul Carroll's 21 points leading them to a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21) victory over South Korea as the FIVB Volleyball Nations League moved into its fourth round.
The Australians suffered an an early first-set scare but the 32-year-old Carroll drew on his wealth of experience to slam down 20 spikes from 29 attempts.
A telling statistic was the blocks - with a final count of 12-4 to the Aussies showing just how much their big men dominated. Both middle blocker Nehemiah
Mote (14 points) and wing spiker Luke Smith (13 points) were the other major performers on the night for Australia.
The Koreans had given their fans plenty to cheer about by winning the first set but after that they struggled to contend with the Australian's power at the net.
South Korea remain the only nation not to have picked up a victory in the VNL and sit at 0-10 with Italy and then fellow strugglers China still to come in the fourth round.
Meanwhile the win moves Australian on to 3-7 and they face China on Saturday before rounding the trip to Seoul out with Sunday's match against Italy.
Volleyroos coach Mark Lebedew said: “I am happy with today's performance. We have improved in each round. Every round, the weakest match was the first match, so we focused more on today’s match. It wasn’t perfect but because of our compact defense we were able to win this match.”
Australia captain Paul Carroll said: “I was impressed with Korea's playing style. They served well and got the first set with the support from their home fans. However, we dominated physically. We did well with the high balls and in blocking.
Photos from today’s competition: http://www.volleyball.world/en/vnl/men/schedule/9000-korea-australia/post#mediaGallery