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Uriarte - I've got a big belief about the way we work

French coach Laurent Tillie said his team struggled to cope with Australia at the net

Sydney, Australia, July 12, 2014 - Both coach and captain were extremely proud as Australia recorded one of its biggest wins in its volleyball history, beating France in five sets to win the Group Two World League title.

French coach Laurent Tillie: We tried many solutions, we changed many players, but even when we thought the match was finished in the fourth set, we managed to come back. We lost against a very good team from Australia. They put a lot of pressure with block service, spike, even defence. Yes I'm disappointed we lost, but it was a very good game.

Australian captain Aidan Zingel: This is the same feeling we had when we qualified for the Olympics, it's something so big and so special for us. To be the underdogs and perform again is something special. We've become a whole different team, and it's phenomenal. I'm so happy to be part of it.
French captain Benjamin Toniutti: I feel bad because we came back in the fourth set and then we lose the fifth 16-14, which is very difficult because we had such a good World League, we only lost three matches and now we don't go to Florence. We saw yesterday that Australia played very well, and i think they played much better again today.

Australian coach Jon Uriarte: I couldn't say two or three months ago that we were going to do something like this, but on the other hand I've got a big belief about the way we work. For 14 years we have been playing away, and finally at home we got a chance to show people how spectacular our sport is.

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