Overview

Team profile

Australia

Australia made a promising start in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix when they finished fourth in the Group 3 Final Four hosted in Canberra in 2015. They will host a week in the city of Bendigo this year before travelling to Colombia for the second round, hoping to qualify for the Final Four in Kazakhstan.

The team have competed in the Asian Championships for 40 years and the fourth-place finishes achieved in 1975 and 1979 remain their highest in the competition. Their most recent result was a ninth-place finish in 2015.

The Volleyroos did not qualify for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship in Italy, but the team have taken part in the tournament twice, coming 12th in 1982 and equal 21st in 2002.

They received welcome exposure when they competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, finishing equal ninth, but coach Shannon Winzer has her sights on Tokyo 2020 and beyond instead of this year’s tournament in Rio de Janeiro. A wave of retirement from the team's more experienced players means it’s rebuilding time for Australia.

Coach

Shannon Winzer

Shannon Winzer

Appointed Australia’s head coach in January 2016, Canadian born Shannon Winzer moved to Australia over ten years ago. A graduate at British Columbia University, Winzer played in Europe before settling in Australia and captained University Blues to four gold medal playoffs. The transition from playing to coaching was seamless. Winzer head coached the U23’s Victoria team to successive gold medals in 2012 and 2013.

In 2013 Winzer was appointed head coach of her beloved University Blues at the time when the team was struggling at the bottom of the table in the Australian Volleyball League. With her coaching philosophy of "strong culture and accountability” she went about building a team that came from last the previous year to winning the championship against a very strong Western Australia Pearls team in the gold medal match. To prove it was not a fluke, Winzer’s University Blues won the next two championships making it a “threepeat”, being undefeated in 2015.

Staff

  • Team Manager Chau Le
  • Assistant coach Lauren Bertolacci
  • Physiotherapist Henry Tram

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Peru
6 6 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 17 18 4 4.500 521 367 1.419
2
Croatia
6 5 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 15 16 4 4.000 477 367 1.299
3
Colombia
6 4 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 12 13 7 1.857 464 390 1.189
4
Kazakhstan
6 4 2 2 2 0 0 2 0 12 14 8 1.750 510 439 1.161
5
Cuba
6 3 3 1 2 0 1 1 1 10 12 11 1.090 475 504 0.942
6
Mexico
6 2 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 6 8 13 0.615 435 504 0.863
7
Australia
6 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 2 18 0.111 379 495 0.765
8
Algeria
6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 18 0.000 255 450 0.566

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