The Australian men’s volleyball team have delivered an improved performance at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup in Thailand, but their quarter final loss to China leaves the young team winless.
The helloworld Volleyroos played much more cohesive volleyball against the unbeaten Chinese team, although the final 3-0 scoreline was not an accurate reflection of the closeness of the contest.
China eventually won 25-22, 32-30, 25-23, with Mitch Tulley and captain Tom Hodges leading the way for the Volleyroos with 13 points each.
Coach Roberto Santilli gave a starting role to young middle, 17-year-old Lewis Kehl, and a pinch-hitting role to 16-year-old James Takken, and both did enough to suggest they have bright futures in Australian volleyball.
“The team is improving and developing better cohesion, and they are still upbeat about finishing the tournament with some winning results,” Santilli said.
Australia will now play-off for positions five to eight, and take on Korea on Tuesday.
The two team met in the pool rounds, with Korea winning a nailbiter 26-24, 30-28, 25-22.