GREAT Britain volleyball captain Ben Pipes says the memory of disappointment at the Olympic test event last July is driving his team on.
Pipes, aged 25, who moved to Sheffield when he was 16 to pursue his dream of playing in volleyball at the Olympic Games, says winning two matches during the group stages at London’s Earls Court may not be enough to qualify for the quarter-finals: “The key matches for us are Bulgaria and Australia. Those are the first two matches and the ones that we’ll really target. We also play Argentina, Italy and Poland as well.
“Realistically our chance of making it through to the quarter-finals lies with wins against Bulgaria and Australia and getting good results in the other games.
“But we found out last year in the test event that two wins weren’t enough. I remember being sat in the changing room and on set count-back, although we’d won two games, we didn’t go through.
“People were genuinely devastated. I’m hoping that feeling pushes us on to the quarter-finals.”
Meanwhile there was disappointment for Rotherham’s Ben Swift who has missed out on being named to the Great Britain road race team.
World champion Mark Cavendish and Tour de France favourite Bradley Wiggins will be joined by Chris Froome, Ian Stannard and David Millar.