TAKKEN’S 25 LIFT AUSTRALIA’S FANTASTIC 3-2 COMEBACK WIN AGAINST HOSTS BAHRAIN
Manama, Bahrain, July 25, 2018 – Talented James Takken served up a treat and helped Australia secure a quarter-final berth following a magnificent come-from-behind 3-2 (16-25, 17-25, 34-32, 25-22, 15-11) victory at the 19th Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship at Isa Sport City Hall on Wednesday.
James Takken hits 21 spikes in his total of 25 points and with Max Senica and Lewis Kehl hitting 13 and 11 points respectively, the Australians had enough healthy contributions from all over the court to gun down the host side which came through a remarkable unbeaten record challenging the strong visitors.
With the comeback win, Australia will next go up against Korea in the quarter-final clash, leaving hosts Bahrain to take on Turkmenistan in the 9th-12th playoffs.
Australia with this deserved victory proved that the Martin Collin’s side still have chances to vie for the world ticket. Another expected triumph against Korea will see the Australians in the top four at the overall standing. Only top two teams from this top-flight competition will be eligible for the next year’s FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship.
“In every match, we had to struggle to win. Today, my players fought and showed their development and I am proud of them. They beat the host team in front of their rapturous crowds. We did not get used to playing in such a big noise but today we just stayed focused,” Australia head coach Marin Collin commented.
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