UTSSU competed in the Womens Australian Volleyball League throughout July and August this year. The team comprised of a core group of girls from the UTS and Sydney University Volleyball Clubs with a a few girls from other Sydney clubs filling out the roster. The team list can be seen here.
The Team was coached again by UTS Honors Coach Nam Pham and assisted by Yaegan Doran. The team was Captained by longtime UTS player Nat Frostick. The team had only two returning players in Frostick and Woodhouse who have been a big part off the team over the past years. The team was a real mix of up and coming young NSW players as well as older more senior players coming from overseas, that haven’t played in AVL before this season.
The UTTSU team fought hard through the first two rounds finishing fourth entering the final series in Perth. The team faced the defending champions Western Australia in the preliminary final. The Game was a long hard fought battle between both teams with the game evenly matched up until the 5th set with UTSSU fading away in the 5th set.
WA – 25 23 16 25 15
UTSSU – 13 25 25 19 5
The loss to Western Australia meant the team faced Canberra Heat in the elimination final. The came together strong and and enjoyed a 3 : 0 win.
The girls had to again back up to play their third game of the day against an experienced South Australian team in the Semi final. UTSSU struggled in the first two sets going down 25:18, 25:14 but found their feet again in the third set, winning 35: 33. The fourth set could have gone either way, UTSSU looked to have the set wrapped up when a few interesting refereeing decisions affected the games outcome with the girls going down 30:28.
The last game of the UTSSU WAVL season saw the girls take on the Melbourne Uni Blues who had previously lost their Semi final to the Western Australian Pearls. The game was fast paced with many lead changes early on Blues taking the first set 25:19.The second set was a little bit closer with the points level at 23 all late in the set, Uni Blues again to strong when it counted taking the set 25:23. Third set had UTSSU gain some momentum and finish strong taking the set 25: 21. The forth and final set had the Uni blues take a lead and finish the game over a tired UTSSU team.
The UTSSU team were unlucky not to improve on their 2010 finish of 3rd place, and showed they could match it with the top teams in the country. Coach Nam Pham said that he is extremely proud of how the girls played and that it was unfortunate the semi final ended how it did.
Photos from Karl Pearce Photography