Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Australia captured their first victory in the last eight teamsPool F
clash in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship, coming from the first-set down to stun Japan
in dramatic four sets 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21.
Australia finished third in Pool F with one step above Japan, who dropped to the fourth place with a single point.
Australia’s coach, Roberto Santilli: “It has never been easy to play Japan.
They play technically at a high level. However, I am much more pleased with my team than the previous day.
We had all our players in the team and Edgar was also with us, so we won the game.
Iran will go to the next round as the top team. Iran is more likely to win the game against Korea
and head for the quarter final.
On the match against Iran or Korea on Thursday: On Thursday we will get into the most important part of these competition.
Whatever happens, we have to do our best to be among the top four teams. Going to the next round is more important for us
and it’s not of any difference what team to play against but I think Iran has more chance to win the game.
Australia’s captain, Thomas Edgar: “It was an important match for us. We need to come out with victory.
We had a hard time playing Japan regarding the blocks and receptions.
On his absence against China: I played in the first set but lost my spirit. I couldn’t lead the team
and they could get better results without me, so I didn’t go on. This is nothing to do with the injuries or the coach.
I gave up as I found myself ineffective.
Japan’s coach, Masashi Nambu: “We need to improve our reception. I found my players’ problems in receiving
and should train more on it. We had a good performance in the first set but Australia’s No. 6 gave us much pressure with his serves.
We will try our best to win the game on Thursday.
Japan’s captain, Kunihiro Shimizu: “Australia played very well. If we were better in reception and blocks, we had the chance of defeating the Australians.”