CANBERRA STUNS QUEENSLAND IN MEN'S VOLLEYBALL FINAL, WHILE UNI BLUES SURVIVE SCARE IN WOMEN’S FINAL
Canberra Heat has pulled off a stunning upset to beat the Queensland Pirates 3-0 in the men's Australian Volleyball League final in Melbourne.
And Victoria’s Uni Blues team survived a major scare to win their third women’s title.
The Pirates sorely missed star player, William Savea, who injured an ankle in Saturday's semi-finals, but there could be no stopping the rampant Canberra Heat in the men’s final.
After taking the first set 25-22, the two teams locked into a desperate arm-wrestle in the second set, before Canberra finally fell over the line 39-37.
With exhaustion starting to take over, Canberra managed to hold their nerve to take out the third set 25-21.
The win brings to an end an extraordinary run by the Queensland Pirates, who were chasing their third consecutive national title and had been undefeated all season.
Adelaide beat Western Australia in the bronze medal match.
The Uni Blues started the shortest of short priced favourites to win the women’s final after completely dominating the 2015 season.
But the UTSSU team from Sydney had other ideas, and after taking the opening two sets 25-23, 25-20, another major upset looked on the cards.
The Uni Blues rallied, taking the next two sets 25-21, 25-22 to force the match into a fifth set decider, before sealing their third title 15-10.
The bronze medal went to the Victorian Volleyball Association, who beat the Canberra Heat 3-0.
|Semi-Final||Uni Blues (1) def Canberra Heat (4)||3:0||(25-18, 25-13, 25-20)|
|Semi-Final||UTSSU (2) def VVA Vultures (3)||3:2||(22-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-10, 15-10)|
|Bronze Medal||VVA Vultures def Canberra Heat||3:0||(25-22, 27-25, 25-14)|
|Gold Medal||Uni Blues def UTSSU||3:2||(23-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-10)|
|Semi-Final||Canberra Heat (3) def Adelaide Storm (2)||3:0||(25-20, 25-19, 25-14)|
|Semi-Final||QLD Pirates (1) def WA Hornets (4)||3:1||(25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-14)|
|Bronze Medal||Adelaide Storm def WA Hornets||3:2||(25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11)|
|Gold Medal||Canberra Heat def QLD Pirates||3:0||(25-22, 39-37, 25-21)|
• Rory Welsh (Adelaide Storm)
• Will Mercer (QLD Pirates)
• Cooper Peacock (Adelaide Storm)
• Travis Passier (Canberra Heat)
• Shane Alexander (QLD Pirates)
• MVP: Shane Alexander (QLD Pirates)
• Rebecca Walters (Uni Blues)
• Shae Sloane (Uni Blues)
• Kat Chen (Uni Blues)
• Eliza Karly Hynes (Uni Blues)