Men’s Volleyroos ready for AVC Cup showdown in Thailand
The Australian Men’s Volleyroos are set to get underway in their last international tournament for 2022 at the AVC Cup in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, starting this weekend.
Following the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) and Volleyball Challenger Cup (VCC), the team will be led by Match Captain and veteran Middle Blocker Volleyroo, Beau Graham.
“We are looking forward to playing against the best teams in Asia and to display the raw talent and potential our team has to offer,” Graham said.
The Volleyroos have been working with Head Coach Dave Preston since June 2022, and have their sights set on strengthening their path to success.
“After a difficult VNL and VCC campaign, the AVC Cup provides an opportunity to show our resilience and our commitment to improvement,” Preston said.
“We have shown that we can play at a very high level, now we need to reach that level more often and for longer periods of time.”
Initiatives for Brisbane 2032 are underway and the strategic move of taking on Dave Preston will hopefully see the team become highly competitive in the near distant home Olympics.
“Our young squad for this tournament is looking to further develop their international competitive experience with a view to build on our journey to the 2032 Olympic Games,” Preston said.
“Big thanks to the Thailand Volleyball Federation for hosting us, we are very appreciative of their support,” added Graham.
Australia has been drawn in Pool C and will play Japan and India in the opening rounds of competition.
Australia had a tough 4-set battle against Japan when they faced off in the VNL in early July, with Japan taking the victory 3:1 (25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19).
Following their last contest with Japan, Coach Preston said the Aussies would need to focus on capitalising on opportunities the next time the teams meet.
“We were pretty good in high ball and knew we would have to be based on the serving pressure they can create,” Preston said following their VNL meeting.
“We created some opportunities with our block defence but didn’t capitalize on them often enough.”
The Men’s AVC Cup will be held in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand from 7th-14th August.
Australia’s Match Schedule
Sunday 8 August, 9am local time (12pm AEST): Australia v India
Monday 9 August: 12pm local time (3pm AEST): Australia v Japan
For more information and how to watch the event, visit the AVC website.
Men’s AVC Cup Team:
- Beau Graham (Match Captain) – QLD
- Korben Phillips – WA
- Jacob Baird – QLD
- Nicholas Butler – WA
- Nicolas Borgeaud – ACT
- Sam Flowerday – QLD
- Max Senica – QLD
- Malachi Murch – SA
- Tom Heptinstall – WA
- Matthew Aubrey – QLD
- Will D’Arcy – QLD
- Jackson Holland – SA
Men’s AVC Cup Staff:
Dave Preston – Head Coach
Ben Hardy – Assistant Coach/Team Manager
Damian Musiak – Statistician
Declan Gillian – Physiotherapist