The Sydney Amazons look set to play finals volleyball in their first season in the Australian Volleyball League, following an impressive double against rivals, the Canberra Heat, on the weekend.
The 3-0, 3-1 wins for the Sydney Amazons moves them into clear second behind Eastern Conference ladder-leaders, the Queensland Pirates, who kept their unbeaten record intact with two wins against bottom team, UTSSU Shield.
The Heat now find themselves in third place and in danger of missing the top two finish needed to book a place in the December finals.
Three-time champions, Uni Blues, went close to losing their first regular season game since 2014 when they were pushed to five sets by the WA Pearls in the Southern Conference on Sunday.
After losing 24 hours earlier 3-0, it was a much more focussed Pearls team that took to the court on Sunday, snatching the opening set 25-23 and then levelling the match by winning the fourth set, also 25-23.
But the experience of the Uni Blues proved the difference in the final set, the home team taking the decider 15-7.
Meanwhile there was cause for celebration in Melbourne, with the Adelaide Storm breaking through for their first win of the season in the Southern Conference.
24-hours earlier the South Australians had been soundly beaten 3-0 by the VVA Vultures, but then turned the tables completely on their hosts on Sunday, posting an emphatic 3-0 win.
In the men’s draw, new team Sydney Warriors travelled to Canberra for a unique four games on the weekend, but are still looking for their first win of the season after losing to the Canberra Centre of Excellence and the Canberra Heat.
Ladder leaders, the Queensland Pirates, posted another two wins, this time a 3-0, 3-1 result over UTSSU Shield, while the closest competition of the entire AVL is the men’s Southern Conference.
Southern conference ladder leaders, Adelaide Storm, maintain their top spot on the ladder with a 3-0, 3-1 wins over the VVA Vultures in Melbourne, while Uni Blues had a 3-0, 3-2 win over bottom team, the WA Hornets.
The results keep the Storm’s lead to just three points over the Vultures, with the Uni Blues a further three points behind.
The Storm host the Uni Blues this coming weekend in their final matches of the home and away season, while the VVA Vultures face a tricky road trip to Perth.