The WA Hornets and Univeristy Blues met in Mandurah for their second meeting of the AVL 2017 Southern Conference. The Hornets were looking to consolidate their first placing after round 8 with a pair of wins against the Blues, who hoped to boost their finals hopes after losses to Adelaide storm the previous round. Both teams put on a spectacular show throughout the match, with neither one able to gain significant momentum. Standout offensive performances from middle blockers Daniel Cohen (WA) and James Walsh (Blues) provided some highlight-reel grade spikes and the Blues' blocking unit headlined by Volleyroo Nehemiah Mote matched the Hornets' offense blow for blow. After WA took the first two sets, the Blues responded and forced the Hornets out of rhythm, sending the match to a fifth set. After such a close and exciting match, the fifth set fittingly was an exhibition in focus and desperation. After saving match points against them, the Hornets eventually took the set 20-18 and the match 3-2.