Beattie buzzing ahead of Algeria clash
July 29, 2012 16:02 pm
Great Britain women's volleyball captain Lynne Beattie is so excited about Monday's pool clash with Algeria that she would have played it in the immediate aftermath of their Olympic debut on Saturday.
Despite falling to a 3-0 loss to world champions Russia at Earls Court, Audrey Cooper's side were a lot better in being whitewashed than Algeria were in their opener with a less-fancied Japan.
Those two things have stoked home hopes that a maiden British win in Games competition will arrive on Monday night and, although not writing the Africans off, Beattie believes that playing them does give the hosts a chance of victory.
"Algeria are a very good team and had to qualify to get here so we cannot underestimate them, but I think the performance against Russia certainly gives us every chance," the 26-year-old Scot told Press Association Sport.
"I wanted to play them straight after the Russia game. Bring them on! That game was everything we wanted apart from the result. The crowd were amazing and everything we had wanted. We can't wait to play again."
Cooper has had Monday's opponents heavily watched.
The two sides were even due to play a pre-tournament friendly until Algeria withdrew at the 11th hour, and Cooper is preparing to change her tactics against them.
A guns-blazing approach saw them rattle Russia in the opening set before losing 3-0 and a safer, percentage-based style is likely to be employed.
"We never underestimate any opponent, especially not an Olympic Games," Cooper said.
"We scouted them and they will have done the same to us. We know what we have to do against Algeria and a lot of the positives from the Russia game will come out, but we have a different plan. We have definitely done our homework."
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