Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – World No.13 Australia breezed past India in comfortable straight sets 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 to move to the last eight teams of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Azadi Sport Complex on Sunday.
India’s coach, Venkatesan: “We will be ranked ninth in this championship. We are the best team among the classification teams and should clinch a better place in the next matches. Australia is an experienced team and my players are so young with less experience. Our potential is just better than other losing teams. I’m sure we will finish ninth in this tournament.”
India’s captain, Praba Garan: “We tried our best to win points from Australia. However, we still lack experience. I wish my team performed much better in coming events.”
Australia’s coach Roberto Santilli: “Australia had reached their good level. I hope we will get better day after day from now. Today we saw a real competition. My players were great and played hard. Their level of volleyball is developed.”
On the mighty match against China: “Before the championship, we had played China. They have a young and good team. I think they are the best team of the tournament.”
Australia’s captain, Thomas Edgar: “It was an important match for us to move up to the next round. We were tired at the beginning of the competitions but we tried to get better one at a time and we are happy with this. We can emerge as the winners in the coming matches, learning from the past mistakes and experience.”