The Australian women’s indoor volleyball team, the Volleyroos, have taken out the prestigious Szubryt Cup in Nowy Sacz, Poland.
Invited to compete in the tournament for the first time, the Volleyroos needed to win three consecutive games against Sweden, Cameroon and a Polish selection team to win the Cup.
In the opening game against Sweden, Australia started slowly before winning the first set 25-22. The Volleyroos then went on to win the next two sets to beat Sweden 3-0. Kell Lean, Monique Stojanovic and Jen Sadler were in dominant form.
In the second match, Australia had to come from behind against the world number 17, Cameroon. After losing the first set to Cameroon the Volleyroos fought back to take the fifth set, 16-14. They won the game 3-2, with Kat Jansen scoring 15 points in the game.
The Volleyroos needed to win the final game against a Polish selection team to win the Cup. And that’s what they did, beating the selection team 3-2.
The dominance of Australian players was evident, with tournament player awards going to setter, Kell Lean, who won the Most Valuable Player, while opposite Jen Sadler was named the Best Attacker.
The Australian side included 7 players from the VA Centre of Excellence, with 18 year old Elenoa Sing, and two 20 year old Liberos Tara Maland and Lucy Ambagtsheer playing in their first International tournament with the Volleyroos.
The victory is the first major tournament win for an Australian Women’s Senior Indoor Volleyball team for at least 15 years and is the result of a dedicated three year programme in Canberra.
Head coach Marty Collins says his side took their game to another level during the tournament; “We have really put to use everything we’ve been focusing
on over the past few weeks together. We’ve taken it to the next level to find ways to win. Whatever the score is, to have that mentality of playing
for that point alone, staying aggressive, we’re finding a way to win. We’ve also shown great depth, with all players, starters and non starters are
finding a role and having an impact.”
The Szubryt Cup completes the Volleyroos highly successful European tour.