Australian men’s volleyball captain, Thomas Edgar, has been named the MVP of the finals series as he helped steer his Argentinian team to a national title in Buenos Aires on the weekend.
Edgar, playing his first season for Personal Bolivar in Argentina, scored 20 points in the deciding final against UPCN San Juan Volley, winners of the past six Argentine national titles.
27-year-old Edgar was named player of the final match, and the MVP of the five-game finals series.
“I'm very happy. For this city, this team,” Edgar said.
“This is more than a team, this is a great family. There is a lot of passion, it's very sweet for me after a long season, working hard.
“To beat UPCN after six years, it is perfect. It has been one of the happiest years of my career.”
Bundaberg-born Edgar has played in the strongest leagues in the world, cementing his reputation as one of the best Opposites playing the game.
Before travelling to Argentina, 212cm Edgar played seasons in Italy, Korea and China, and also led Australia’s unsuccessful qualifying campaign for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
With the best-of-five finals locked at two-all, Personal Bolivar hosted the decider, winning convincingly 3-0 in front of a capacity home crowd.
“It was very important to define it here,” Edgar said.
“We were first in the regular phase and that was very important. Having the 5th game with our audience was very nice.
The matches with UPCN are always difficult. It's a great team, with a lot of history in volleyball. This is very important to us.”
Edgar is now set to lead the Australian Volleyroos in their campaign to return to the top level of the FIVB World League, which will see Australian host the Group Two semi-finals on the Gold Coast from June 24.
There was further success for Volleyroo playing and coaching staff on the weekend, with middle blocker Jacob Guymer helping his Finnish team, VaLePa, to a national title, and Paul Sanderson’s Indonesian team, Pertamina Energy winning their national honours.
Harry Peacock and Luke Smith picked up the silver medal in the Finnish league, Nick Butler’s Linkoping won the Swedish league, while Trent O’Dea’s Orkejllunga was third in the same league.
And newly appointed men’s Volleyroos coach, Mark Lebedew, and Volleyroos assistant coach, Luke Reynolds, finished third in the prestigious Polish League, while Australia’s U23 assistant coach, Liam Sketcher, guided his team to the gold medal in the Danish league.
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