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AIS defeat Sweden Juniors

Posted by devo on January 22, 2009

Sweden Juniors lost to  Australia AIS 0-3 (21-25, 25-27, 18-25)

The Australian junior players seem not to have been overly influenced by the tragic bus fire on Monday. They won against Sweden Juniors  in straight sets in the first meeting.

It got a very dramatic start to the visit to Sweden for the guys in the Australian junior national team when the bus that would take them from Landvetter to Falköping took fire on the highway and the team quickly had to evacuate the bus. All possessions burned, so instead of training and preparations they spent the first days getting the clothing and equipment to cope with the visit.

The large Australians seemed not at all to have been influenced by everything that happened, but they got a dream opening when the first international started on Wednesday evening in Falköping. It was 8-1 before a nervous Swedish team came into the match. The guests, however, retained the lead, but spiker Robin Andersson came up with a big gun serve and the score was reduced to just two points. Unfortunately, the Swedes again had a few less successful acts and in their rapidly purchased clothing Australia won the set 25-21.

The second set was much smoother than the previous one. The plan was followed by Sweden and was mostly in line. Oskar Nilsson’s  game harvested with great success and at 23-18 in favor of the  BLUE AND YELLOW all looked bright. Then came a change in the Swedish game that gave the chance to opponents and they were not slow to seize the opportunity. Sweden had SET POINT on two occasions, but it is not enough when the long-distance guests were tougher in the final stages and took the set 27-25.

The subsequent set started in the same way as the first. Australia pulled immediately away and score of 4-13 says a lot about how it looked. The previous boisterous crowd fell silent,  but the Swedish juniors never gave up hope. The score was too big to be reversed, but 18 points was achieved before the match was over.

“We are far too svajiga (inconsistent?) in our behavior, periodically we play really well, but we have far too long weakness,” says coach Göran Persson. ” We must have a more solid serve reception game or there will be no revenge on Friday,” says Persson.

The Australian coach Russell Borgeaud was satisfied after the game: “I was very happy with how the guys played today, in view of how the visit began. Aid from the organizers has helped us a lot and we could concentrate on the game,” says Borgeaud.

On Friday afternoon, there will be a return meeting and Göran Persson is hopeful for the match. “If we manage to keep up the level for longer periods than today, we have a clear opportunity to take revenge,” concluded the Swedish coach. original article Volleyball Sweden

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