Fiji Time: 6:21 AM on Wednesday 2 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

US beats Volleyroos

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FLORENCE, Italy - Australia have fallen to the United States in the first match of their volleyball World League finals campaign in Florence, Italy.

The Volleyroos started strongly, winning the first set 25-22 and gaining an early lead in the second on yesterday morning.

But the Americans went on to dominate and claim three straight sets 25-18 25-23 25-18.

Tom Edgar was Australia's main points winner with 20 for the match, bagging nine of them in the dominant first set.

Skipper Aidan Zingel admitted his side struggled to deal with their opponent's serve and the lack of atmosphere, after last week enjoying record crowds for their qualifying matches at Sydney Olympic Park.

"We've had a 30-hour travel, it's a different atmosphere, a lot of these people don't know any of our players, we have to bring it ourselves, and it's tough," said Zingel.

"This is World League finals, and I honestly expected more people and I expected more hype.

"It was all about us creating the energy instead of us driving off the energy created by the crowd.

"We came out aggressive, we came out strong, we played out volleyball really well, but then we slipped off a bit."

The men's team must now beat host nation Italy who beat the US 3-0 on the opening night to have any hope of progressing to the weekend's finals.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62880.6098
JPY 58.514955.5149
GBP 0.31210.3041
EUR 0.44510.4331
NZD 0.72120.6882
AUD 0.65360.6286
USD 0.47300.4560



Exchange Rate updated on 1st December 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Horrific crime
  2. Man in the dark on police complaint
  3. Former manager, businessman front court
  4. Miss Fiji in top 10 at world pageant
  5. David and Goliath
  6. Delainamasi's best targets Flying Fijians
  7. Sexual assault against minors
  8. Talks on removal of sunken ship ongoing
  9. FSC marks success
  10. Helipad plan receives $70k boost

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. Bomb threat Monday (30 Nov)
  4. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  5. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  6. Father of two sent to prison Wednesday (25 Nov)
  7. Horrific crime Tuesday (01 Dec)
  8. Terror attack survey ranks Fiji 11th out of 21 Monday (30 Nov)
  9. Students drown, three dead over the weekend Monday (30 Nov)
  10. Police chief refutes report Monday (30 Nov)