The Australian helloworld travel Womens Volleyroos are back home after three weeks on the road where the dream of qualifying for next year’s Volleyball Nations League didn’t quite come off but for coach Shannon Winzer the experience was invaluable.
“I believe the 3 weeks we spent in Europe and Kazakhstan provided a good start to the international season.” Said Winzer.
“We clearly didn’t get the results we wanted, but we did see a lot of progress over that time. With the exception of the Kazakhstan game, every game we saw improvements as individuals and as a team and I think we’ll continue to see those improvements over the rest of the international season.”
The helloworld travel Volleyroos are a young team on the rise and with any young team consistency is tough to find at the top level.
“When we play good volleyball I believe we are a tough team, we just lack consistency particularly under pressure situations and as our team matures and gets more experience we will find that consistent execution and we will start to get more wins on the board.” Said Winzer.
“However I don’t want that inconsistency to be a deterrent to the type of volleyball we want to play. We want to continue to push for a fast offense and aggressive blocking.”
"For the time being that can produce a higher error rate, particularly in pressure situations but I do not believe playing safe will help us progress as a team or as a program. We need to take risks, we need to push the limits, and when we find that consistency it’ll pay off.”
The helloworld travel Volleyroos are now back in Australia where most players are continuing to train at the Centre Of Excellence in Canberra.
“In August we hope to see more players than ever before head off to play professionally in Europe and Asia, then we will finish the international season with AVC (group 1) in Thailand 13-24 September.”