O’NEILL’S TALENT SHINES BRIGHT AS AUSTRALIA UPSET TURKMENISTAN
Tabriz, Iran, July 2, 2018 – Star spiker Connor O’Neill stole the show – delivering a match-high 19 points – as Australia upset Turkmenistan 3-0 (25-16, 30-28, 25-21) at the 12th Asian Men’s U18 Volleyball Championship at Poursharifi Gymnasium on Monday.
Connor O’Neill ‘s partnership with middle blocker Ethan Garrett – responsible for 16 points of his own – was just too much for Turkmenistan.
A series of huge rallies throughout the match had electrified fans inside the Gymnasium, as had every single move Australia’s captain Connor O’Neill made.
Australia dominated the first set to finish it 25-16. Turkmenistan came back to the second set with a winning attitude as they were in some moments ahead but could not control the final points and went down in the hard-fought set 28-30. Still, Turkmenistan did not give up and started the third set better and left Australia behind 18-16 but the Aussie developed their tactics and won the set 25-21.
“We tried to practice more to improve our skill. My players performed well today. Benjamin Hardy as one of my assistants is two-time Olympian and uses his experience to develop the players’ potentials,” Australia head coach Leslie Young said.
Actually, Hardy was head coach of Australia’s U23 team which finished bottom at 11th position at the last year’s Asian Men’s U23 Championship in Ardabil, Iran and is now accompanying the Australia’s U18 side for the Tabriz meet.
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