Volleyroos forced to fight on without Edgar
BUNDABERG'S Tom Edgar is a the centre of Australia's plans to be a powerhouse of world volleyball and the decision to rest him against Serbia in the weekend's World League games wasn't taken lightly.
The Australians went into the match without Edgar, who is being rested ahead of home matches against Brazil in Sydney and Serbia in Melbourne, and went down 3-0 (31-29, 27-25, 25-19) and 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-20).
In the first game the Australians matched Serbia but the absence of the fear factor Edgar imposes was a big loss for the Volleyroos.
The 3-0 win to Serbia was tighter than the scoreline suggested with the opening two sets going to sudden-death before the home side took the final set comfortably to seal the win
The Australian men's volleyball team were left to rue missed opportunities after taking the fight up to Serbia in Novi Sad.
Although the Australians were beaten 3-0, they held set points in both opening sets and were at times the dominant team on the night.
The result was pleasing for the Australian coach, Roberto Santilli, given he went into the match without Tom Edgar, his teams star player and captain.
"It was a frustrating final result, for sure," Santilli said.
"The team played very well for two sets, and the team made a big improvement despite playing without Edgar, which is exactly what I expected.
"For some moments we played the best volleyball we've played all season."
The Volleyroos head back to Australia for matches against Brazil in Sydney on Saturday and Sunday, and Serbia in Melbourne on July 4-5.