UNI BLUES AND QUEENSLAND PIRATES CONTINUE TO IMPRESS
Victoria’s Uni Blues has continued its rampaging start to the 2015 Australian Women's Volleyball League season, with two big wins over the WA Pearls in Perth.
The Uni Blues, the pre-season competition favourites, beat a strong Western Australian team on Saturday and Sunday without dropping a set.
“We really wanted the girls to come out with a lot of energy and the same type of intensity and focus they had in the first set on Saturday,” Uni Blues coach, Shannon Winzer, said.
“They were able to do that, and that was really good to see. So we’re very happy with the clean sweep in WA.”
The Pearls were unable to maintain the momentum that saw them beat the Adelaide Storm twice on the road one week earlier.
“As with any team, if you can’t pass, you can’t play,” Pearls coach Angie Ayers said.
“We obviously struggled with our serve receive today, which put us out of the system all day today, and all day yesterday.
“We’re looking forward to getting into the gym next week, and then coming back firing against Adelaide next weekend.”
In other games on the weekend, Canberra Heat and the Queensland Pirates had a split result in Brisbane, with the Heat winning 3-1 on Saturday, and the Pirates turning the table by the same margin on Sunday.
Adelaide Storm and the VVA Vultures also had a split result in South Australia, the Storm winning 3-1 on Saturday and the Vultures returning the favour by the same scoreline on Sunday.
In the men’s draw, the Queensland Pirates continue to impress, posting a 3-0 and 3-1 win over the Canberra Heat in Brisbane.
The WA Hornets also had a solid weekend, recording 3-1 wins on both days over Uni Blues.
“We had a more aggressive and switched on start to the match,” Hornets coach Cameron Edwards said on Sunday.
“There was a small lapse in the third, but a good refocus to take the fourth set and the match.”
Adelaide Storm beat the VVA Vultures 3-2 and 3-0 at home to keep its unbeaten record in tact.