Tom Edgar (left) was Australia's best in the most recent win at the FIVB World Championships. Photo Facebook
Tom Edgar (left) was Australia's best in the most recent win at the FIVB World Championships. Photo Facebook Facebook

Animalistic performances put Edgar in the spotlight

AUSTRALIA stunned the volleyball world when it made it to the second round of the FIVB World Championships and at the front of the Volleyroos' charge into the highest levels of the sport was Bundaberg's Thomas Edgar.

Edgar was the leading scorer for Australia (141 points, 122 spikes, 11 blocks and eight serves), and fourth overall at the tournament, that finished with a 3-1 (23-25, 14-25, 25-21, 18-25) loss to Italy.

And after a stunning three weeks in Poland anyone in the volleyball that didn't know Edgar does now.

In a year that saw the Volleyroos make the Super Six of the World League, and qualify for the A group in 2015, Edgar has become a fan favourite and has been noticed by the best coaches in the world.

But it's not only his scoreboard presence, his aggression on the court has swayed people to give him a new nickname.

Known as Boxy because his teammates thought his hands were the size of pizza boxes Edgar said to be thought of in his opposition's planning and get a new name from one of his opposition was a good feeling.

"Honestly for me it's a bit funny - for example in the World League we got hold of one of the French scouting sheets and it said 'be patient on The Animal' and they were talking about me," Edgar said.

"It's expected, I hit a high volume of ball for our team, and once you start doing that on a consistent basis people start putting targets out on you.

"I honestly love it when they've got a plan to try and stop me."

As hard as coaches try to stop him Edgar had plenty of influence on games at the world titles and he added getting over the top of a team and making life difficult for the players was a great feeling.

Edgar will be watching the closing games of the world championships from Korea where he will play the domestic season for Gumi LIG Insurance Greaters and prepare for Australia's A group debut at the World League in Brazil, Serbia and Italy.

He said he was excited for what 2015 held for him and the experiences over the past couple of years will help him into the future.

"It's been great playing in Poland and we've learned a lot as a team. Me personally, I've seen the top level and I'm getting to more and more of the top level volleyball with World League, World Championships and Olympics," he said.

"So it'll only be greater for me growing into my roles in this team for the future."