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WL: Americans back on track, USA – Australia 3-1!

by WoV

After a straight sets defeat from Italy, USA team found a proper answer. On the second day of the World League Final Six Americans have defeated brave Australia 3-1 (22-25, 25-18. 25-23, 25-19).

USA - Australia


USA - Australia


USA - Australia

Best after 1-1

USA - Australia


USA - Australia


USA - Australia


USA – Australia 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19)

USA: Anderson 15, Rooney7, Sander 21, Lee 10, Lotman, K. Shoj, Christenson 4, Holms, Clark, Holt 14, Muagututia, E. Shoji (libero). Coach: John Speraw.

AUSTRALIA: Zingel 11, Guymer, Sanderson 8, Edgar 20, White 7, Perry (libero), Mote 8, Walker, Sukochev 2, Douglas-Powell 2, Carroll, Dosanjh. Coach. Jon Uriarte.

The first set

After 8-7 on the first TTO and 11-9 for USA, Australia went on a big run. With Thomas Edgar on fire Volleyroos scored four points in row for a total turnaround (11-13). Australia kept the advantage until the second TTO (14-16), but USA equalized the score on 18-18. Again, Australia went on +2 (18-20), but USA answered on the same way (20-20). Then, Australian hero Thomas Edgar made two consecutive blocks, and led the series of 4 consecutive points (20-24)! Australia used the third set point for 0-1 in sets – 22-25.

The second set

Australia had an opening lead on the first TTO (5-8), but USA found the rhytm after the short break. Americans firstly tied the score at 8-8. and than collected a significant 3+ lead (12-9). After Rooney’s block it was 16-12, and squad of John Speraw continued to dominate after the second TTO. Soon it was 23-14, with Anderson on fire… Australia made four in a row for 23-18, but it was all from Volleyroos… Rooney provided a set point, Holt made an ace for 25-18 and 1-1 in sets.

The third set

It was Australia which first came to +2 (4-6) and Speraw called a time-out. Americans made a speedy tie at 6-6, then 7-7 and then collected the first lead – 8-7 on the first TTO. It was a beginning of a series of points for USA actually, as Holt scored three aces and Lee blocked Edgar for 12-7!

Australia came a bit closer until the second TTO (16-13), but Holt was like Spiderman. He caught almost all balls in block and it was 20-16 for USA. However it was not over yet. Volleyroos made a terrific comeback and was only a point short at 23-22… Asutralia even had a counter… But, Americans somehow saved the ball and then Holt showed that he has excellent setting skills, too. He placed a perfect ball for Rooney who scored for 24-22. Anderson made mistake (24-23) afterward, but he corrected it with a strong spike from the second line – 25-23 and 2-1 in sets.

The fourth set

USA had no mercy. With Holt on the net and Lee on the service line they made a quick +5 (8-3). Anderson scored his 13th point for 11-6, but Edgar brought Australia back to 14-10. Then Lee made a mistake and it was 14-11.

However, Edgar made a mistake for 16-12 and then Americans increased the lead to 18-13. It was quite clear who was going to win the set and the match. Holt scored his seventh ace for 21-16, and he also made the last point for 25-19. He deserved it after a really amazing performance. 


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