Overview

Team profile

Australia

Last year was the team’s World Grand Prix debut when they competed as part of the Oceania development programme and finished seventh in Group 3. They did not win a match but took a set off Croatia and two off Kenya. Even if results do not improve on those of last year, Australia are guaranteed a place in Group 3’s Final Four as they host the four matches in their capital, Canberra. They get their campaign under way over 12,000km away in Kazakhstan.

 
The team have been competing in the Asian Championships for 40 years and the fourth-place finishes achieved in 1975 and 1979 remain their highest in the competition. Their most recent result was a ninth-place finish in 2013. The Volleyroos did not qualify for the 2014 World Championship in Italy, but the team have taken part in the tournament twice, coming 12th in 1982 and equal-21st in 2002. They received welcome exposure when they competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, finishing equal-ninth, but coach Mark Barnard has his sights on Tokyo 2020 instead of next year’s tournament in Rio. Two experienced players, Tara West and Olivia Orchard, have retired this year, and the team’s most experienced player, Rachel Rourke, may not be available until the Final Four.

Coach

Mark Barnard

Mark Barnard

Mark Barnard began his second spell as Australia’s women’s team coach in March 2014, having previously held the post from 2001 to 2005. He led them in their World Grand Prix debut last year, where they won just three of their 21 sets and finished seventh in Group 3 by besting Algeria in points ratio. In 2002 Barnard helped Australia to qualify for their first World Championship in 20 years, where they finished equal 21st. Before taking the head coach role, Barnard was an assistant coach of the women’s team from 1997 to 2000. He also held roles on Australia’s men’s and women’s junior teams and has coached the Oregon State University women’s team in the United States since July 2008.

Staff

  • Team Manager Chau Le
  • Assistant coach Susan Jenkins
  • Second Assistant Coach Shannon Campbell
  • Physiotherapist Henry Tram

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Colombia
6 5 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 15 16 4 4.000 482 402 1.199
2
Peru
6 5 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 15 15 4 3.750 451 367 1.228
3
Kenya
6 4 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 10 12 10 1.200 472 443 1.065
4
Cuba
6 3 3 3 0 0 1 1 1 10 12 9 1.333 476 436 1.091
5
Kazakhstan
6 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 3 8 9 11 0.818 416 437 0.951
6
Algeria
6 2 4 1 0 1 2 0 2 7 10 14 0.714 482 521 0.925
7
Mexico
6 2 4 0 1 1 1 0 3 6 8 15 0.533 453 512 0.884
8
Australia
6 0 6 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 3 18 0.166 389 503 0.773

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