Sydney, Australia, June 28, 2015 – Australia has once again shown it can match the best volleyball teams in the world for short periods, but fell away quickly in its 3-0 loss to Brazil in Sydney on Sunday.
Brazil captain Bruno Rezende summed it up best when he said Australia lost motivation in the third set, with the Volleyroos going down 25-15 after 25-22, 25-20 scorelines in the opening two sets.
The result means Australia lost all four matches to the world number one ranked team, after losing both matches in Sao Paulo earlier this month.
While it had taken Australia two sets to find their rhythm against Brazil on Saturday, on Sunday they were ready for a fight from the start.
The heroes from 24 hours earlier, Tom Douglas-Powell and Harry Peacock, were both rewarded with starting berths, and they didn’t let coach Roberto Santilli down.
The lead fluctuated throughout the opening set, with setter Peacock providing power hitters Douglas-Powell and Edgar an armchair ride.
Douglas-Powell also served two big aces, but it was a contentious net call on the same player at 22-all that changed the set.
Santilli was furious with the call, receiving a yellow card for his protestations, and the Volleyroos lost their focus and the set, 25-22.
Australia once again matched Brazil for most of the second set, but when Brazil applied the pressure late the home side was left wanting.
“I think today was a bad reaction from our team,” Australian coach Roberto Santilli said.
“We only played one set and then the team disappeared. We tried to make some changes but they didn’t work.
“We didn’t play well technically, but we also didn’t show the fighting spirit we need in World League.”
Captain Tom Edgar said his team needs to focus on next week.
“Brazil were good teachers this weekend,” Edgar said.
“They taught us a good lesson. I’m pretty shattered with the way we played today, but we will grow.
“I really want to finish off with two wins next weekend against Serbia in Melbourne next weekend.”
Australia play Serbia on Saturday and Sunday at the Melbourne State Basketball Centre.