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Final spots for volleyball tourney secured

Updated: May 30, 2004, 3:28 PM ET
Associated Press

Australia and the Netherlands won the final spots for the men's volleyball tournament at the Athens Olympics during separate qualifying tournaments Sunday.

The Australians advanced to the 12-team field in Athens despite losing to Iran on Sunday on the final day of a qualifier in Tokyo. The Dutch beat Spain in Madrid to finish its event undefeated.

The Australians lost 25-19, 26-24, 25-23 and tied China for third place but advanced because of a better points ratio.

France, which ...

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