Fri, Nov 23, 2007 - Page 24 News List

Australia victorious after epic World Cup tussle with Tunisia

AFP , HIROSHIMA, Japan

Asian champions Australia fought a tough battle against African silver medalists Tunisia before triumphing 3-1 at the men's World Cup volleyball yesterday.

Paul Carroll scored 21 points and Benjamin Hardy 18 to lead Australia to a 25-22, 35-37, 26-24, 25-22 victory in Hiroshima to take their win-loss record to 3-1 at this crucial tournament.

"It was a great match," Australia coach Russell Borgeaud said. "Most matches against Tunisia are really that close."

Tunisia's coach Antonio Giacobbe said he was satisfied despite the defeat.

"It was an incredible match. We took 37 points in one set for the first time in this World Cup. We never had a set 37-35 before. It was incredible in the third set, because we were leading 24-19," Giacobbe said.

The top three teams in the 12-team round robin competition will qualify for the Beijing Olympics next year.

Earlier in the day, Athens Olympic bronze medalists Russia powered past South Korea 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 for their fourth straight win, while in Toyama world champions Brazil downed Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-21, 25-17.

European champions Spain won 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 against African champions Egypt.

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