After a stellar 2016 season which saw them take out the Western Australian Volleyball League Premiership, UWA Mens Volleyball have placed 11th at the 2017 Fourex International League (FLV) competition in Tokyo last week.
Representing Australia, and one of only two international teams to be invited to play in the competition, UWA went up against 120 teams over four divisions in what is Japans largest club tournament.
In its eighth consecutive year, the 2017 FLV has been running for the past several weeks, with last weekend’s championship play-off the final fixture for the 2017 competition.
The Championship division consisted of four pools of five teams with UWA playing four matches in the first day of competition. The team managed to come away with two wins and two losses, narrowly missing out on making the championship bracket.
Speaking at the conclusion of Saturday's play, Coach Matt Hender said “We’ve bought a really young squad to the competition with an average age of just 21, and are really happy with the way they played today. The Japanese play a very different style of volleyball, much faster with a strong defence, so it was a big adjustment for the team.”
The second day of competition saw the team play off for 9th-20th place and finished off with two wins and one loss placing 11/20 for the tournament. Breeza Tokyo took out the championship, with the only other international wildcard entrants Mongolia finishing 19th overall.
“We are really happy with the result, still being in our preseason for the WA League starting in April and it was the first opportunity we have had to play high-level volleyball on the international stage this year.” Matt Hender
The team will now turn their focus to training, with 4 weeks of hard work ahead before the West Australian Volleyball League season begins here in Perth mid-April.
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