Australia celebrates after scoring against Great Britain during Men's Volleyball on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on July 31, 2012 in London, England.
Australia celebrates after scoring against Great Britain during Men's Volleyball on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Elsa/Getty Images

Tom Edgar speaks to the News-Mail

BUNDABERG'S Tom Edgar was the star as Australia easily defeated Great Britain in three sets in their second pool volleyball match of the London Olympics, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20.

Edgar dominated the court with 13 personal points, coming from one serve, three blocks and nine spikes.

Despite being the dominant player on court, Edgar praised the effort shown by the entire squad in bouncing back from the disappointing loss to Argentina.

"Our first game was very tough against Argentina. But we quickly refocused on what we had to do against Great Britain," he said.

"We knew we had to control the match from the start and win did that and got a good result."

Australian captain Igor Yudin was the only other player in the match to break double figures with 10 points.

Yudin said his side was showing the reason why it fought so hard to qualify for the Olympics.

"Tonight we showed everybody that we came here to compete, not just play volleyball," he said.

The past two months had been an amazing period in Edgar's life, after qualifying for the Games and then having the thrill of the opening ceremony and competition.

"This is the biggest thing that has happened to me and any of us players," Edgar said.

"To be the first Australian men's side to qualify since Sydney in 2000 is very special."

Edgar's sister Meagan and his mother Katherine Lamont are enjoying the Olympics with him and them being there is adding to the experience.

"The opening ceremony was fantastic. Having my family here adds to the atmosphere," he said.

The Volleyroos face another tough match when they meet Bulgaria today at 8.30pm (AEST).

Bulgaria is ranked nine in the world and it will be a tough test for Australia.


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