The third round of the Australian Volleyball League season has seen top men’s teams, the Queensland Pirates and the Canberra Heat, flex their muscles, while in the women’s competition the formidable Uni Blues team continues to dominate.

The men’s competition is shaping as one of the most even on record, with the Pirates and the Heat battling for supremacy in the eastern conference, while the Adelaide Storm sits on top of the leader board in the Southern Conference, but the remaining three teams are all close by.

In the women’s draw Uni Blues dropped their first set of the 2016 season in Western Australia on the weekend, but remain undefeated at the top of the southern conference and are well on their way to a fourth consecutive national title.

The Queensland Pirates remain undefeated at the top of the eastern conference, with new team, the Sydney Amazons, also undefeated but having played two less matches.

The Uni Blues had the longest road trip in the competition, heading to Albany on Western Australia’s south coast to take on the WA Pearls.

And while the rampant Blues dropped a rare set, they came away with another two wins to consolidate their strong start to the season.

In the men’s competition, the WA Hornets and the Uni Blues shared the points.

Both the Pirates men’s and women’s teams had strong weekends, notching up 3-0 results twice against Sydney’s UTSSU Shield.

The Canberra Heat and the Canberra Centre of Excellence had their first men’s derby match-up of the season, with the Heat triumphing 3-1, 3-0.

There were two contrasting results in the men’s Adelaide Storm clash with the VVA Vultures. The Storm cruised to a 3-0 result on Saturday, but then the Victorians turned the tables with a 3-0 result on Sunday.

The women’s VVA Vultures were more successful, posting a 3-2, 3-1 win over their South Australian opponents.