Victoria, Australia, May 24, 2016 – The Australian women’s volleyball team claimed a second win over New Zealand in Moe, Victoria on Tuesday, sweeping them in straight sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-17) as they continue preparations for next week’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 clash against Croatia, Cuba and Colombia in Bendigo.
The side will compete in Group 2 this year and coach Shannon Winzer says her side’s new structure means they fancy their chances at promotion to Group 2
“We’re really trying to push an aggressive style of play, and these matches allow us time to find that balance between just how aggressive we can be, and when,” the Volleyroos coach said.
“The NZ series provides us with a chance for further team cohesion and gives us an invaluable opportunity to test different line-ups and see how the team reacts in different situations under pressure.”
The Australian team has undergone several changes since last year’s World Grand Prix, including the appointment of Winzer as coach.
Several of the new-look squad have had very little international experience, but Winzer is impressed by their progress.
“They’ve all come together with an understanding of what’s required at this level and what’s expected as a good teammate and a Volleyroo,” she said.
“Already there is a strong sense of team among this group, and while the newer players naturally have a sharp learning curve playing international volleyball, and the speed at which it’s played, so far they have risen to every challenge put before them.
“And I can only expect they will continue to do so.”
The Australians will have one more game against New Zealand on Wednesday, and will then have warm-up matches against Croatia and the University of New Mexico before the World Grand Prix.
“I think we’re on track in our preparation for the World Grand Prix, with another 10 days of training and practice matches against quality opponents,” Winzer said.
“The more we play together, the more we are able to become more consistent in our aggressive style of play.”