Time for Some Pre-Season Beach

January 20, 2014
What goes up...

What goes up…

UTS Volleyball Club will start it’s pre-season training at Maroubra Beach from 28th January.  This will continue weekly until trials start on the 25th of February. Sessions will run from 6:30 to dark.

Sessions will include some activity to get the body moving and a bit of beach volleyball.

Keep an eye on the Facebook group for updates on the day if there are weather issues, as we may relocate to Sydney Boys High.

See you then.




Open Trials for 2014 Announced

January 6, 2014

Dates have been set for 3 open trials for the men’s & women’s senior UTS Volleyball representative Honours and Divisions 1 & 2 teams.

Dates are: 25th Feb, 4th Mar, 11th Mar
Venue: Sydney Boys High

– 25th Feb & 11th Mar
6:30-8:30pm – Women
8:30-10:30pm – Men
– 4th Mar
6:30-8:30pm – Men
8:30-10:30pm – Women

Teams will play in primarily in State Volleyball League, but also State Cups and other tournaments.

Expected commitment of selected players includes attendance at weekly training sessions & payment of fees.
Please only attend if you are serious about playing for the UTS Volleyball in 2014.

Some teamwork at the net from the Men's Honours team

Do you have what it takes to Coach?

January 6, 2014

UTS Volleyball Club is calling for coaching applications for 2014.

Applications should include relevant qualifications and experience, as well as indicating whether you are interested in head or assistant coaching, and which team(s) you have a preference to be involved with.

Please submit applications by 1st February 2014 (the date of the Annual General Meeting) to:

The Secretary
UTS Volleyball Club

You can use the form below if you wish:
UTS Volleyball Coaching Application Form 2014

Morky's hands on hips says it all

Morky’s hands on hips says it all

Junior Boys Program Update: GOLD in Canberra!

January 5, 2014

UTS Junior Boys Gold Medal Point U18 Schoolboys Division at Canberra Good Neighbour

The UTS Junior Boys had an intensive training period led by Artem Ipatyev. Artem took the boys through all the basic skills and techniques, and each session finished with some Russian-style strengthening exercises. The boys kept coming back for more each week, and slowly we could see improvement across all players. Finally a squad of 10 players was selected for competition and the team was entered into 2 tournaments. The first prep tournament was the NSW State Cup #4 and the boys were entered into Division 2 Men. The highlight of the morning was when each player received their very own brand new UTS hoodie.(Thanks Deb!) Talk about pride in wearing club colours! As a new team, it took a while for the boys to combine properly and although they played well in pockets, it wasn’t enough to secure a win during the round robin. The boys played off in the wooden spoon final, and were able to beat the Endeavour Academy to avoid last place. The tournament was a great way for the coaches to test out players in different roles and work on various playing formations. It also gave all the boys a chance to experience the demands of a full day of volleyball. Overall Tally: 3 losses, 1 win and 5th place overall. [Special thankyou to Clara Loth (Assistant Coach) for running between her own games, and helping out on bench whenever she was free, and to Jeff Horn for stepping in as Team Manager for the weekend]

The following weekend we all boarded the UTS mini-bus and headed down to Canberra for our first road trip as a team. We checked into the same hotel where the rest of the club was staying, but even more exciting for the boys was that McDonalds was located underneath… oh dear! On Day 1 the boys made a quick stop at the Volleyball shop and spent all their spending money on new shoes and other gear. We then made our way to the Hockey Centre where the Under 18 Schoolboy Division matches were to be played. Our first game was against Canberra Hornets and we came out firing with a 3:0 win. Our 2nd game was against local school Lyneham Blue, and we continued in great form with another 3:0 victory. Our last game was against BHV Khalsa, who surprised us with us draw. Saturday evening the whole team joined the crowd to support UTSSU, play against AIS in their last round of AVL. For most of the boys, this was their first experience of watching an elite level of volleyball competition, and many were inspired by the great plays demonstrated during the match.

Mens AVL in Canberra: UTSSU v AIS

Day 2 of Good Neighbour started off with another solid 2:0 win against BHV Rippin (2nd Team), followed by one of our best matches of the weekend against BHV Rams (1st Team). The boys played some brilliant volleyball, with massive kills from the outside and middle. The backcourt defence never stopped and everyone hit the deck to save every point. (Thanks to Artem’s defensive work at all of those training sessions, refer video below) We finished the match with a 2:0 win! The last of our round robin matches was against local favourites, Lyneham Gold, but our boys put on another brilliant display of volleyball to outclass the opposition with a 2:0 win! With 5 wins and one draw, the boys made it thru to the Gold Medal FInal against BHV Rams. The final saw all of our boys play at their peak, with some great defence and solid attacking by everyone. We took the Gold medal with a solid 2:0 victory and a fitting end to many weeks of solid training and preparation.


2013 UTS Junior Honorary Team Awards:

#1 Ali Rizarie: Best Captain/Worst Server/Best Passer
#5 Andreas Damouras: Best Rookie Middle & Double Roof Award
#6 Toee Naing: Most Improved & Team Player Award
#7 Louis Johansson: Best Rookie Outside Hitter
#9 Hao Yin: Best Middle playing Libero
#11 Libbee Sukirthan: Best Middle & Unstoppable B-Quicks
#12 Willis Choi: Most Consistent All Rounder
#19 Matthew Jigalin: Best Universal playing Setter
#18 Jarrod Horn: Best Middle playing Setter
#3(L) Laymond Chu: Best Team Motivator & Outstanding Libero

On behalf of all of the boys, we would like to thank the UTS Volleyball Club for commencing a Junior Boys Program and to Deb Chung for all of her kind support. A big thankyou to Artem and Clara for their time as coaches in preparing the team properly. Also, many thanks to Sam Morrison for booking our training venues and organising the mini-bus for our Canberra trip. We also appreciate and acknowledge the support of all of the parents/families of the boys. We will re-commence our training sessions early in the year and we look forward to continuing the Junior Boys Development Program in 2014 and preparing a team for SVL. …Go UTS!

George Jigalin (Coach)

UTS Junior Training at UTS Broadway Multi Purpose Sports Facility: Artem teaching the boys how to dive

President’s Report 2013

January 5, 2014

2013 was a remarkable year for the UTS Volleyball Club. The return to a centralised training environment allowed a better-unified approach to all aspects of the club. This resulted in some great outcomes on and off the court.

The “UTS Sports Club of the Year Award” was a fantastic tribute to all those who have made this a successful season.


Performance in competitions:

The Club competed in all State Volleyball NSW events including the State Cups, Sydney Volleyball League and Junior Metro Comps. UTS combined with Sydney Uni continue to compete in the Senior national elite competition, the Australian Volleyball League. The club also sent indoor teams to the Australian University Games in Gold Coast. There were also several teams that played throughout the year weekly in our self-managed social competition.

Some of the highlights of the competitive season include the following:

EUG’s: Silver Men’s Division one, Bronze Women’s Division one
AUG’s: Silver Men’s Division one, Silver Women’s Division one, 4 Women and 2 Men selected in the Green and Gold teams

Men’s Honours Black: 2013 Sydney Volleyball league (SVL) Champions, (undefeated)
Men’s Honours Whites: 6th
Women’s Honours: 4th
Men’s Division 1: 2nd and 6th
Women ’s Division 1: 2nd
Women’s Division 2: 1st
Junior Girls U19s: 2nd and 3rd
Junior Girls U16s: 3rd

Men’s Honours Black: 2nd
Honours Women: 1st
Division 1 women: 2nd

Men’s Honours Black: 2nd
Honours Women: 2nd
Division 1 women: 2nd

Men’s Honours Black: 2nd
Division 1 men: 2nd
Division 1 women: 4th

Men’s Honours Black: 2nd
Honours Women: 3rd
Division 1 men White: 2nd
Division 1 women: 3rd


Off the Court:

“Club Culture” is highly valued in the volleyball club. We encourage all members to watch and support other teams within the club at all competitions. To encourage the bond amongst our members, a variety of social activities were held throughout the year including the Australia Day Picnic, Trivia Night, Karaoke Night, Pub Catch Ups and End of Season Party,

The return to a centralised training venue and night also greatly aided the “Club Culture”. Members were able to connect with others from different teams and coaches were able to share ideas and support each other.


Goals for 2014:

In 2014 we aim to maintain our status as one of the strongest clubs in NSW and Australia as a whole. UTS Volleyball will continue to provide the highest level of professionalism in all our volleyball programs. From the elite national league player to the social player on a Thursday night, UTSVC will commit to provide an environment where volleyball players can enjoy the sport at their appropriate levels.

To achieve this we have a number of minor goals including:

• Implement a student based beginner to intermediate training camp.

• Maintain and strengthen UTS student involvement in both the club participation and the executive

• Continue the development and implementation of our junior boys and girls program.

• Maintain and if court allocations allow, expand the number of UTS representative teams in NSW competitions

• Compete and improve results in all NSW state cups

• Improve on our Sydney Volleyball League results

• Retain our title of NSW Club Champions

• Continue our participation and improve our results in the Australian Volleyball League

• Retain our club of the year status