SHEFFIELD’S Ben Pipes insists it could take more than a decade for Britain’s men’s volleyball team to be competitive internationally – but with their Olympic debut done he’s adamant they’ll get there.
Former All Saints school student Pipes and co brought the curtain down on the British team’s first ever Olympic campaign with a straight sets defeat to Argentina, who now progress to the quarter-finals.
Pipes is in no doubt that Britain will get to the same level as other Group A opponents Bulgaria, Poland, Italy and Australia, saying regular fixtures are what’s needed.
“The thing that I take is that we have to play these teams more often. It is the first time in five years we have had a chance to play these sort of teams,” said Pipes.
“I think over the week as a whole we have progressed barring maybe this one and I am hoping this is a starting point for us and it is what all of us want.
“Maybe it will take us 15 years to get there but trust me in the volleyball world we have recognised the support this week and we are so thankful for it.
“We have to take that energy back into a system that will produce higher quality volleyball than ourselves at the minute but we believe we can do it.”
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