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AIS defeat Lugano

Posted by devo on January 15, 2009

Thanks to Phong Nguyen – Volleyball Australia, here is the AIS team report of the first tour game in Europe

Australian Institute of Sport v Lugano (SUI)
Section of the 2009 Europe Tour – Match 1: 13-1-09

Result: AIS defeated Lugano 3 : 2 (19-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14, 15-12)

AIS Starting Line-up (and points scored): Peacock (4)(SA), Boyschau (20)(QLD), Zingel (C)(12)(NSW), Smith (16)(WA), Hingston (13)(TAS), Foster (5)(QLD), Libero – Borgeaud (ACT)

Substitutes: Clewes (0)(SA), Mercer (0)(QLD), Welsh (DNP)(SA), Lowe (DNP)(NSW), Lilywhite (DNP)(WA)

Match Comment:

The Australian Institute of Sport Men’s Volleyball Team commenced their 2009 European Tour with a victory against Lugano, in southern Switzerland tonight. It was a tough assignment for the young Australians, who had to play less than 24 hours after travelling 38 hours from Australia, to reach their base in Varese, Italy. Lugano play in the Switzerland National League and are currently ranked in 6th place. The AIS Team blocked very well in the match, and this, together with a slightly better attack efficiency, as well as fewer errors than their opponents, contributed to the victory.

The AIS started well in this match, with five stuff blocks in the first set. Had they averted a spate of seven attack errors (almost a third of their overall total), late in the first set, the result may have been different. The AIS Team created a number of transition opportunities, but could not convert, while Lugano created three and converted 100% to take the first set. The AIS continued to block well in the second set with four stuffs. They also reduced their error rate on attack, which gave them a well deserved positive result.

Zingel chalked up his fifth block during the third set, as the AIS achieved total of 5 stuff blocks for the set, once again. They also transitioned successfully on two occasions and looked to have created a winning break, but four attack errors, late in the set, turned potential triumph into narrow defeat. The AIS really bounced back in the fourth set. They attained five stuff blocks and a service ace to set up a winning break. With just one attack error for the set and a 75% conversion rate on transition, they put the set beyond reach for their older and more experienced opponents.

The fifth set was reasonably close, but stuff blocks to Smith, Peacock and Boyschau, as well as a transition kill through Hingston provided AIS with a 3-2 victory.

The AIS plays their second match against the Montichiari Junior Team on the 15th January.

Statistics

Attack – Team 47% kill 25% error (22%ke) Zingel 83% kill (6) 17% error & Smith 54% kill (24) 17% error

Block – Team 22 kill Zingel 7 kills and Boyschau 5 kills

Passing – Team 2.54

Serving – Team 1.20 3 aces 14 errors Peacock 1.46; Peacock 2 aces & Boyschau 1 ace

Best players – Zingel, Smith and Peacock

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