Edgar’s return boosts the Volleyroos against one of the best

BUNDABERG'S Tom Edgar returned to lead the Volleyroos on home soil against Brazil in the 2015 World League at the weekend, and with 21 points from 19 attacks, one block and one ace he was one of Australia's best in the opening game of a tough pair of matches.

The Volleyroos went down 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20) in the opening game of the weekend and 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-15) in the second match, and despite the results at times pushed one of the world's best teams.

Edgar praised the efforts of one of his team's junior players after the game and added the team need to find more firepower when competing against the best.

"Brazil came out like Brazil can play. No one can play Brazil when they play like that, that's how they beat the best teams in the world," Edgar said in an interview with FIVB.

"But we didn't fire back, we were shooting blanks at that stage.

"He (Thomas Ewen Douglas-Powell) was amazing. I don't know what was different today; he was a lot freer and a lot more energetic. It's what we need from our younger players."

Douglas-Powell was introduced to the game in the third set by coach Roberto Santilli and the results were immediate.

After losing the first two sets Australia showed better focus and took a slim but constant lead in the third.

Brazil showed its class and clawed the deficit back and tied the set at 23-all, but a block and a service ace from Douglas-Powell's entry in the set gave Australia a breather as they took the 25-23 win in the third set from his block and service ace.

Edgar kicked it up a gear in the fourth set when Brazil led 7-4. His power was too hard to handle as the Volleyroos tied the game up at 7-7.

The lead swapped from team to team as the set was played out but Brazil eventually survived the match-winning set 25-20.

Edgar and the Volleyroos will be in action on their home turf this weekend when Serbia travels to Melbourne for the last of the Australia's Pool A games.

Brazil leads the pool with 24 points from 10 games while Australia sits in last place with three points, Serbia second and Italy third.



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