The Australian men’s Volleyroos will take confidence from their performance in the Asian Championships heading into the World Cup in Japan from 1 October.
The Volleyroos went down 3-0 to host country Iran in the gold medal game at the Asian titles.
Australia won seven out of eight games played over nine days in a gruelling schedule. Coach Mark Lebedew says Iran played the best they have played all year in front of a parochial home crowd, “We weren’t able to play our best game. We were reasonably banged up, but we still fought hard. We are really proud of the effort.”
Tom Edgar made an incredible return to International volleyball winning the tournament’s MVP award, while Sam Walker was named the joint best outside hitter.
The team will be looking to carry that momentum into the World Cup in Japan, which gets underway on 1 October with the Volleyroos playing Egypt in their opening game.
Then it’s the Continental Olympic Qualifiers in China in January with the top team qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games.