Australia earned the 1st victory
Australia came up with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-10, 25-19) win over Venezuela to offset their first day loss at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Sunday.
Australia coach Roberto Santilli: “We have to be happy with this result. You have to be able to reset from the day before in a tournament like this. Our float serve and our attack are one of the key factors in this match. We still have the most important matches coming up, so we must focus on those matches.”
Australia captain Thomas Edgar: “This was an important win for us after yesterday’s loss to Iran. Venezuela is a tough team with great physical strength. They played at a high level. We knew we would have to weather the storm against them and play well.”
Venezuela coach Vincenzo Nacci: “We played good volleyball in the first set. From the second set we made more mistakes and ended up with a similarly the same storyline as yesterday. Their float serve was a problem for us. We have to work harder in the succeeding matches.”
Venezuela captain Kervin Pinerua: “Our first set was good. From the second set we could not carry on the same level. We don’t know why we could not keep our concentration and level from the first set.”