Cali, Columbia, June 13, 2016 -The Australian women’s volleyball team has been beaten 3-0 by host nation Colombia at the World Grand Prix in Cali, but despite the scoreline coach Shannon Winzer said there was plenty to be pleased about her team’s performance.
After being thrashed by Kazakhstan 24 hours earlier, the helloworld Volleyroos were much more competitive against Colombia, losing 25-17, 25-20, 25-15.
“I think the score doesn’t represent how well we played,” Winzer said.
“We put them under a lot of pressure, I think our service tonight was very good.
“Coaching is very frustrating. I think I know how well we can play, and when we don’t deliver that consistently, of course that is frustrating.”
Australia is still chasing its first win in the Grand Prix after 18 matches, and will finish this year’s competition with a match against Mexico on Monday morning, Australian time.
Captain Shae Sloane believes the signs are good for her inexperienced team.
“We were all really disappointed with last night, and came out firing tonight,” she said.
“We came up with some new things in training, and it was good to see we could implement them in training. It was a shame we couldn’t get the sets, but we are much happier today.
If we come out like we did tonight, we can match it with any team in this tournament. I think we’ve got a good shot against Mexico, but we going to have to work hard.”
The consistent Karley Hynes was once again Australia’s top point scorer with 13, with Western Australia’s Jennifer Sadler relishing the opportunity to take on a starting role and finishing with five points.