20.10.2019
25 - 18
19 - 25
23 - 25
25 - 19
16 - 14

Match Information

Coach Quote (Home Team)
I'm extremely proud of the team's performance today. They adjusted well to the changes the Storm brought to the second match and even with a change in personnel today, we were able to get behind each other and fill in the gaps where required. I'm excited to head to Canberra in Round 2 and continue to build on this great foundation.

After a clinical performance on Saturday night, the Vipers men looked to continue the momentum on day two. The Vipers knew they would be well scouted by Storm coach Mehrdad Mehranpour and to expect a different game plan for the second game. The Vipers men had a change to the line-up with Ben Abbott out for working reasons and Will Crawford coming into team. Gareth Rees would also suit up for his first taste of AVL Super League. It seemed the results were going the same way with the Vipers coming out strong to take the first set 25-18 behind the consistent passing of Luke Kustreba and the force of Ashby Smith. In set two the Storm rallied behind their captain Daniel ‘Chop’ Wauchope to take their first set of the weekend 25-19. The Vipers made some changes to wrestle back momentum with Will Crawford and Michael Smith seeing their first action of the weekend. Unfortunately the Vipers lost a tight third set 23-25 to go down two sets to one. With the home crowd behind the Vipers and Nick Boesten and Jose Martinez presenting through the middle. The Vipers looked like a different team to take the set comfortably 25-19 and go to the decider at the Snake Pit. Lawrence Banh showed maturity beyond his years to find ways to spread the attack options and keep the Storm guessing to get ahead at the change 8-7. The Storm tried to rely on Thomas Kabelitz to get them over the line, but the Vipers men managed to form some impressive blocks late in the fifth to seal the victory 16-14.