May 28, 2015
BOISE, Idaho (5/28/2015) - Boise State incoming freshman Phoebe Bell led the Australian Senior National Team during the 18th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship this past week in Tianjin, China. Bell led the Volleyroos in scoring in four of the five matches she played in at the championship. She battled through illness which limited the starter to five matches as Australia finished 5-2 overall and in ninth-place out of 16 teams.
"I am very excited to see how well Phoebe has played for Australia this summer," said head coach Shawn Garus. "She is competing at a high level and is excelling there, that will help her when she comes to Boise. For us to have a freshman coming in that has international experience is big, she is going to help our program and should help us be successful."
Bell led Australia in wins over the Philippines (15 points), Hong Kong (16 points) and India (21 points). The native of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, also led the Volleyroos with 10 points in a loss to Korea. She finished the tournament averaging a team-best 15 points per match.
In an interview FIVB.org had with Australian head coach Mark Barnard in April, the coach mentioned that he believed that Pheobe Bell was one of the top young players coming up through the ranks in Australia.
Next up for Bell and the Australian National Team is a trip to the World Grand Prix which is the International Volleyball Federation's premier annual competition for women's national teams. The competition begins for the Volleyroos June 26-28 in Kazakhstan for the Group 3 preliminary round before Australia hosts the group finals July 10-12 in Canberra.