SEASON DEBUTANTS GET TO TEST THEIR PLACE IN THE AVL

The freshly minted Sydney Amazons will get a chance to test where they stand in the women’s Australian Volleyball League when they take on the undefeated Queensland Pirates in a shortened round this weekend.

The Amazons, who joined the competition this year, have won all four of their matches this season, but have had just the one opponent – the winless UTSSU.

The Pirates are also yet to lose a match, and flexed their muscles with a 3-2, 3-1 win over Canberra Heat at the AIS last weekend.

The Heat will take on UTSSU this weekend, while all the teams in the men’s and women’s Southern Conference will have byes.

The most intriguing match in the men’s draw will be a clash between second-placed Canberra Heat, and third placed UTTSU.

The Heat had their confidence dented at home last weekend, posting two 3-0 losses to a rampant Queensland Pirates, while UTTSU had a bye.

With the top two teams in each division going through to the semi-finals, a double for either the Heat or UTTSU will go a long way towards helping their cause.

The double win for the Pirates consolidated their place at the top of the Eastern Conference ladder, and with two games against the winless Sydney Warriors this weekend they will be looking to tighten their grip on one of the semi-final berths for next month.