AUSTRALIA ROCK GERMANY IN FIVE SET THRILLER
Ottawa, Canada, June 10, 2018 – Jordan Richards top scored for Australia but there were heroes all over the court in green and gold as a difficult weekend for the Volleyroos finished on a wonderful high as red-hot Germany were seen off in a thrilling five set classic 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-11).
Australia coach Mark Lebedew: “It takes a really big turnaround in this kind of competition, which has a lot of travel stress. The guys did an amazing job, not just the guys on the court but the guys on the bench gave a lot of energy. Sometimes you need to have all 14 guys.
“I think it’s a reflection of the kind of guys we have. As a group, the guys are open and friendly and interacting with people. On the court, we don’t always succeed but we try to fight with a lot of emotion and fight for every point. The crowd really understands when they see a team that’s really playing at their maximum and they can see that with our guys. That helped get the crowd on our side when we’re a long way from home.
“My personal belief is that you play better when you’re having fun. When you have some kind of relaxed attitude, you think more clearly, you move more clearly. When we don’t play as well, it’s normally when we’re thinking about other external things. In the moment of the game, when we’re just completely immersed in the game is when we play our best.”
Australia captain Paul Carroll: “The match started really well. We won the first set and then we had a bit of a lull or lack of energy. We kind of talked about it in the middle of the set and used the energy we’ve got to get physical. They’ve had a long weekend with two big wins, but it’s also emotionally draining for them, so we put all of our energy in and it deflated them a little bit.”