Below is a press release from Volleyball Australia. For further information, contact Ross Solly on 0400 114 790.
The world’s second biggest sport and one of its biggest sporting names is coming to Adelaide next month.
For the first time in Australian volleyball history, the A-division of the men’s Volleyball World League will be played in this country, with reigning Olympic bronze medalists, Italy, set to rock Adelaide Arena.
But the Italians will be in for a tough ride, with Australia earning its place the top division by winning last year’s Group 2 division in dramatic style in Sydney.
Australia and Italy will lock horns over two nights at Adelaide Arena, on May 29 and 30.
The most defining volleyball game of the London Olympics was Italy defeating Australia 3 sets to 2 after Australia led early. This loss knocked Australia out of quarterfinals contention, while Italy went on to win a bronze medal.
Not only will Adelaide fans get the chance to cheer on their Volleyroos, but there is likely to be a strong South Australian flavour to the home side.
Nathan Roberts, Greg Sukochev and Harrison Peacock all grew up in Adelaide, and Sukochev is excited at the prospect of playing just his second game for Australia in front of his home crowd.
“It’s really good to play in Australia, full stop,” Sukochev said.
“To play international volleyball in Australia is really nice. Adelaide is an extra bonus. This is where I grew up, where I went to school.
“Hopefully I can get a good performance this time. Last time was just so-so, so I’ve got something to prove.”
Volleyball is already the most sought after sport at Rio with 27 per cent of ticket registrations, followed by soccer at 21 per cent. The sport is the most gender equal in the world and played by approximately 800 million people annually.
Italy will be fierce opponents, having picked up a bronze medal in Group 1 last year but only managing 13th in the 2014 World Championships. They dominated world volleyball in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, and are now looking to re-establish themselves as the Number one team in the world by taking home the $1million prize on offer for winning World League.
Ticketing options from only $9.59 available now at Ticketmaster or via the Volleyroos website - www.volleyroos.com.au