The Sydney Amazons have ended the unbeaten run of the Queensland Pirates in the women’s Australian Volleyball League, and in doing so have booked themselves a place in next month’s finals, capping an incredible debut season for the new team.
The Amazons lost their Saturday match-up 2-3, but then bounced back to win Sunday’s clash 3-2.
In the Southern Conference, the WA Pearls posted two comfortable 3-0 wins over the VVA Vultures to lock up second place on the ladder and a semi-final match-up against the Pirates in Melbourne on Saturday, December 3.
Uni Blues will be red-hot favourites to win a fourth consecutive title, after finishing the season home-and-away season unbeaten. The Victorian team had a 3-1, 3-0 win over Adelaide Storm in South Australia, and will now face the Sydney Amazons in the semi-finals.
The Amazons will be hosted by the Canberra Heat next weekend in the final home-and-away fixture of the women’s season, but the result will have no effect on the final standings.
The men’s semi-final line-up has also been decided, despite their still being one round to play.
The Queensland Pirates finished with two comfortable 3-0 wins over Sydney’s other new team, the Warriors, to finish on top of the Eastern Conference ladder.
They’ll now take on the VVA Vultures in one semi-final, after the Victorian team fell over the line despite posting two 3-0 losses to the WA Hornets on the weekend.
The Vultures finished second, just ahead of fellow Victorians Uni Blues.
The Uni Blues lost both their matches against ladder leaders, Adelaide Storm, 3-0, 3-2, to just miss out a final four position.
The Storm will take on the Canberra Heat in next month’s other semi-final. The Heat had a bye on the weekend, and has matches against the Canberra Centre of Excellence starting Thursday night, and then the Sydney Warriors this weekend.
In last weekend’s other match, the UTSSU Shield men posted a 3-0, 3-2 win over the competition’s other new team, the Canberra Centre of Excellence.