Win-or-bust for GB volleyball team

04 August 2012 / 15:42

Great Britain owe Japan one going into their win-or-bust women's volleyball clash on Sunday, according to Grace Carter.

Defeat to the Dominican Republic sharpened the focus of the host nation's need to get a positive result, with quarter-final qualification out of the question if not.

That it is even on the agenda is a surprise, with Audrey Cooper's self-funded squad in the capital against all the odds and with very minimal top-level experience.

They have regularly scrimmaged with Sunday's opponents, though, and Carter hopes they can excel themselves, having lost to them on a number of behind-closed-door occasions.

"We just have to learn and take what we did in the Dominican game and turn it around. It's our last chance against Japan and we have to seize the opportunity. We have to do it," the Nottingham-born Carter said.

"Japan play a different kind of game to the Dominicans. They're not as big for a start! We know we can play against them, we have done so plenty of times. They have got the better of us before, so I think we owe them. We have to."

Carter has been one of Cooper's go-to players throughout the tournament - it was her block that sealed the Algeria win - but she was unable to get to her destructive best against the Dominican Republic.

With an unerringly accurate block causing the GB defence to scramble, setter Lucy Wicks was never in a position to find the likes of Carter or Ciara Michel at the net.

"We just had a slow start and by the time we had found some rhythm and by the time we did, it was too late. We had no answers to what they were doing and was a good win for them," Carter added.

"They are such an athletic team who had a game plan. We had a plan but we did not execute it. At times it felt like they could do no wrong and we could do no right.

"We knew we had to find rhythm and momentum and we had spells of good stuff, but we couldn't keep it consistent or solid. Volleyball is all about doing it every time."