EDGAR INSPIRES VOLLEYROOS TO FIRST WIN AT WORLD CUP
Australian volleyball captain Tom Edgar has inspired his team to a thrilling five-set win over Egypt, their first win of the 2015 World Cup in Japan.
212cm Edgar finished with an incredible 50 points for the match, as Australia held out Egypt 23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13 in Hiroshima.
The win comes after three straight defeats, and coach Roberto Santilli was full of praise for his captain.
“We found the key of the game today, that was ‘give the ball to Edgar’,” he said.
“It was the Edgar day. When he has days like these he can solve your problems, and today he solved the problems.”
Santilli said the win comes at a perfect time for the Volleyroos.
“We are not just happy we won this game, we are really, really happy,” he said.
“After three games lost, the atmosphere inside the team started to be a bit heavy.
“Today was even difficult to start, so the win was very important. So thanks to Edgar for his performance today, it made a big difference.”
Edgar had to leave the court during the fourth set to try and stem bleeding from a small cut on his hand, but is certain to be fit for Sunday’s game against Canada.
The captain said there were lots of good signs for his team.
“I think we really fought today, which was a positive thing for our team,” he said.
“It’s something we have to build on, and I’m expecting even better performances going forward.
“I spoke individually with a few of the players who felt a bit tense and nervous in our last game. I’m really happy how the younger guys really showed some character and some fight today.”