There were conflicting results for the two new teams in the latest round of the Australian Volleyball League on the weekend, and another strong performance by the Queensland Pirates in the men’s competition, and the Uni Blues in the women’s competition.
The Sydney Amazons repeated their opening round performance, but were made to work much harder before posting a 3-0, 3-2 win over cross-town rivals UTSSU Shield to remain unbeaten after four matches.
But the Sydney Warriors, the new men’s team, also had a repeat of their opening round result, losing both matches 3-0 to UTSSU to leave them without a win this season.
The Queensland Pirates hosted another of the new teams, the Canberra Centre of Excellence, recording solid 3-0 wins in both matches to consolidate top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Canberra team is also chasing its first win of the season, with its match-up this coming weekend against the Warriors providing both teams with a chance to get in the winners’ list
In another one-sided men’s result, the VVA Vultures had two 3-0 wins over the WA Hornets, but it was a much tighter affair between the Uni Blues and the Adelaide Storm.
Uni Blues made the most of the home-town advantage on Saturday, beating Adelaide 3-0, but then the Storm fought back on Sunday to take the second match 3-2. The Blues and the Storm are currently one and two on the Southern Conference ladder.
It was a different story for the Uni Blues women’s team, keeping their unbeaten record in tact with a 3-0, 3-1 double over Adelaide, still chasing their first win of the season.
The WA Pearls picked up two valuable wins on the road, beating the VVA Vultures 3-0 and 3-2 to put themselves into clear second place behind Uni Blues in the Southern Conference.