2015 is set to be the most exciting season in the history of the Australian Volleyball League, with a new team, a new format and plenty of top-level competition.

The AVL is excited to welcome the Oceania Orcas into the competition, an Auckland-based men’s and women’s team that is set to make waves in this year’s competition.

The women’s team caused a major upset on the opening weekend of the AVL with a win over the highly regarded Queensland Pirates.

This year sees the AVL split into two conferences, with the top two teams from each conference progressing through to the AVL finals on December 5/6.

The east conference brings together the Oceania Orcas, the Queensland Pirates, the Canberra Heat and UTS.

The south conference pits the Adelaide Storm, Uni Blues, the WA Hornets/Pearls and the VVA Vultures against each other.

The women’s competition will see several members of the Australian team competing, fresh off their second season in the prestigious World Grand Prix competition. 

Uni Blues will start favourites for 2015, with a team built around Volleyroos captain, Shae Sloane, and Australian teammates Bec Walter, Hannah Martin and Eliza Karley Hynes.

The WA Pearls will make a welcome return to competition, after sitting out last season.

The opening weekend saw 2-0 wins for Uni Blues over cross-town rivals, VVA Vultures, and for UTSSU over Canberra Heat.

Oceania Orcas and Qld Pirates split the points 1-1.

In the men’s competition, the Queensland Pirates, led by the enigmatic Andrew Maclean, will start red-hot favourites to continue their recent dominance.

They opened the season with a 2-0 win over Oceania Orcas, while Canberra Heat had a 2-0 win over UTSSU.

Uni Blues and VVA Vultures split the points 1-1.