Samuel Walker of Australia ready to spike the ball
Ottawa, Canada, June 9, 2019 - Australia defeated Germany on the final day of pool action in week 2 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Ottawa on Sunday.
Mark Lebedew, Head Coach, Australia: "We did a fantastic job of managing the situation. We had a little bit of a longer break than the Germans which can make a difference. The way that we could use the whole squad and the work of the team, the medical staff and the recovery and everything we did between the games, accounted for today's win. We had a bad Friday, but we bounced back with a strong game yesterday. Today we didn’t give them a chance to play or to get energy from the crowd so it was a deserved win for us and I’m pleased with this weekend's work."
Samuel Walker, #13, Australia: "It was great to get our first win of the tournament, we’ve had a couple of hard games so far and today felt really good to win. Next weekend we’re going to Bulgaria. We took it back to the basics today and that gave us some things to focus on. We’re going to keep doing that this week at training, rest up a few guys who need it and hopefully come back next week and play well again."
Andrea Giani, Head Coach, Germany: "For us these were important matches to have the chance to arrive in the final six. We lost 3-0 and it puts us in a tough position for our future in the VNL. I think the difference was the preparation of the team for the game. This sport is about the mind and it’s not easy at this level."
Christian Fromm, Captain, Germany: "We didn’t play even close to the level we wanted to play or usually play and it’s pretty disappointing to lose in this way. We were not precise technically and Australia were running their game and played well. We came here and wanted to win three games and we just had one victory. It was a tough event like every weekend and we have to keep working."