SVL Week 9

August 27, 2012

The second last week of rounds at SVL was on 26 August. You can certainly feel the tension building for those who are on the edge of finals contention.

Honours Men (by Rob)
UTS faced Dragons this week in an important game in determining final placings on the table. The Frenchies arrived at the stadium with minutes to spare, blaming their lack of punctuality on a beached as whale. A slightly sluggish start by UTS saw the game Drag-on for a couple of sets, with each team taking one set apiece. This would have been a perfect time for some trash talk through the net between the Laffer brothers, playing on opposing teams – a classic libero vs setter show down – but it was not to be. Jason instead let his game do the talking, with another strong passing performance. With this kind of passing, everyone on court and both spectators thought that the UTS middles would be getting plenty of ball. However, with Sam drawing a triple block in the middle (despite not receiving a single set all game), Sucky had no choice but to send perfect sets out wide, much to Gregor’s delight, who notched up the first clean kill of his career. (Must have been a miss-hit??). Andrew “I’ve been playing volleyball for more years than the combined ages of all the Dragons” Lyall put away an overpass on his first touch, whilst Doug “guess who’s back” Skinner could only laugh after getting roof blocked on his first spike attempt. A highlight of the game came when a sleeping spectator was hit with a stray ball and literally almost knocked him off his chair. UTS finished the third and fourth sets well and emerged as 3-1 winners. In his post-match team talk, Coach Morky told the boys “Today we played the way that we want to play all games – the middles didn’t get set much…” (quote may or may not have been taken out of context).

Honours Women (to come)

Div 1 Men – Team 1 (by Keith)
We had rather a frustrating game.  We put together some very good points but ultimately went down 3:0 as Dragons were able to dictate terms.  Some very safe play during the first set saw a low error rate but not enough pressure put on our opponents. The second set saw us start more aggressively, and we were looking good until two thirds of the way through the set. Unfortunately a run of soft errors saw us fall out of contention.  The third set was a bit of a disaster with some very basic mistakes made. Some good attack and defensive work from the improving Yury, combined with some solid serving and work at the net from Jerrome & Jarek were the highlights.

Div 1 Men – Team 2 (by George)
Round 9 was our team reunion game with several players returning from international volleyball commitments. We played against the younger Sydney University Gold team and won in 3 straight sets, 25:16, 25:19, 25:21 to retain our 3rd spot on the ladder. With Tony out, Lionel took over as libero master and passed with 100% accuracy, but in the 3rd set needed a hit so Riu wore the black shirt with confidence. Nigel put on an excellent display through the middle with some great quicks and managed to do some roof blocks, much to the delight of Bruna who hadn’t seen him play in weeks. Luke was unstoppable from the outside and had 100% kills from the backrow. Lucas didn’t show any signs of jetlag and managed to get back into form with some great hitting when needed. Michael set perfectly all match and our passing was the best in a long time, which kept Coach Marielle very happy. Overall, a good win as we head towards the finals. Result: UTS2 def SydUni-G 3:0

Div 1 Women (to come)

SVL Week 8

August 20, 2012

Week 8 of SVL was played on 19th August.  Is anyone missing the Olympics yet?

Mens Honours (By Rob)
UTS overcame a strong UNSW team to seal a great 3-0 victory. The UTS middles resembled the Great Wall of France and Great Wall of Australia, blocking with great timing and technique, especially when next to the Great Wall of Russia. Great serving all round put the pressure on, whilst great defense covered the court like great-ed cheese on an uncooked pizza. A positional change saw the somewhat Great Wall of Great Britain mi-great to opposite for this match, which seemed to work well. The greatest libero in the team was solid in service reception, passing nails on 100% of balls that he didn’t shank. The UTS setter put on a great display of non jump setting and the not so Great Wall of New Zealand was great-ful to the middles for drawing blocks. Pleased with the performance after the match, the UTS coach told the boys “That was great!”. Con-great-ulations to the team on what is arguably their best performance of 2012 thus far.

Womens Honours (to come)

Mens Div1 Team 1 (to come)

Mens Div 1 Team 2 (by George)
Round 8 saw us in another epic 5 set marathon, this time against Baulkham Hills Brumbies. International business commitments meant we were missing 3 of our main players, but we were still able to field a strong team for this match. The first set was closely fought and we won it 25:23, whilst the 2nd saw a reverse of the scores 23:25. The 3rd set was a real struggle for us due to poor passing and we lost it 18:25, but then we turned it around in the 4th to win 25:17. The 5th set was again close, but our passing errors in the business-end gave BHV the final set 15:12 and the overall win. Cris was again dominant as Uni/Middle and this was highlighted when he nailed a quick down into the BHV 3 metre line, much to the surprise of our much younger opposition. Cris also turned a few heads when he re-introduced the ‘old’ European style Windmill Serve to Sydney Volleyball and managed to get a number of easy points. Much confusion reigned as players on both sides of the court looked in amazement at this ‘new’ type of serve and how effective it was. Overall Result: BHV-B def UTS2 3:2

Womens Div 1 (to come)

SVL Week 7

August 14, 2012
Never Give Up

Never Give Up

The two Gold Medal finals for Indoor volleyball showed us all why you shouldn’t give up when things don’t go your way at the start. And that a middle can play opposite really effectively (if he is 7’2″ with a 370+cm spike reach anyway). Hopefully we can all learn from this.

Honours Men (from Rob)
The UTS Men’s honours team took on a Baulko team that were deprived of 3 of their key players. UTS continued to lead the SVL in time delays; this time receiving one before the first serve. After Sucky was told that he couldn’t occupy two starting positions on the court and Artem learnt what a bench is, the game finally got underway. Strong hitting in the front court from Michael “Frenchie Fry” Jonstomp saw UTS go up 2-0, however Gregor “Greg on Nova” Salvin became nervous when the opposition subbed their 5ft 5” setter for a monstrous 5ft 6” specialist blocker. Tactical mind-games ensued, with UTS coach Morky to introducing D “money hands” Bo as setter for one point, which proved to be the deciding factor in UTS achieving the 3-0 win, despite him not touching the ball.

Honours Women – had a bye because of AVL

Div 1 Men Team 1 (by Jarek)
This Sunday, a depleted squad turned up to play Baulkam Hills. Veteran Andy Lyell stepped in as setter and Gino started off as libero. As this was pretty much the same group that had trained together, and trained well, on Thursday and there was every hope for a unified performance.
The reality was that even though didn’t play badly on Sunday, but we didn’t play well. At 15-9 down in the first set, we clawed 6 points back and even had set point. Destiny was in our hands, literally. However, we didn’t manage to convert the point, lost the set and our mental game took a turn for the worse. Yaya moved to Libero for the obviously frustrated Gino, this particular middle was off the pace of the game, serves went out, Andrey’s transitions became non-existent (to the frustration of a very patient Jess) and as the errors crept in….the more we faded, the more bad habits (see below) crept in and we ended up losing in straight sets.
The Collins English Dictionary:
habit (ˈhæbɪt ) noun
1.a tendency or disposition to act in a particular way
2.established custom, usual practice, etc
3.(psychology) a learned behavioural response that has become associated with a particular situation, esp one frequently repeated
4.mental disposition or attitude ⇒ a good working habit of mind
People spend countless hours and dollars each year attempting to break their bad habits, often without any success and the truth is, there is no magic bullet.Change is hard work and there is no short-cut to achieving it. We have to want it first

Div 1 Men Team 2 (By George)
Round 7 saw another epic 5 set battle, with the younger KVAA Eagles team. We won the first set 25-20 thanks to Nigel running some excellent middle plays and the 2nd set was a quick 25-15 set, again thanks to Nigel’s domination on the net. The 3rd and 4th sets saw us with losses of 21-25 and 25-27 respectively, mainly because Mr.Flintoff got a bit tired and let them through. We managed to regroup in the 5th set whilst the Big N unleashed the beast, to take a comfortable 15-10 win! Rumour has it that the AIS Olympic Development scouts will be paying a visit to SVL next week …probably to review the big man’s performance? Result: UTS2 def KVAA Eagles 3:2

Div 1 Women (by Jo)
This week we came up against Baulkham Hills. Losing our second match in as many weeks, its clear that its not going to be an easy back end of the season for the UTS Div 1 girls.
Poor passing, inconsistent hitting and an overall lack of communication in defence were the main problems which saw us lose 3-0 for the second week in a row.
Lets hope we can regain some of our early season form and head back on the winning list next week against Sydney Uni and keep our semi final hopes alive.


Middles. What can't they do.

Middles. What can’t they do.

SVL Week 6

August 6, 2012

Sunday 5th August came after a long night/morning watching the Volleyroos eventually go down to Italy in 5 sets. So some of us looked a little tired.  We were also missing a few people as the AVL women were playing in Canberra.

Mens Honours (to come)

Womens Honours (to come)

Mens Div 1 Team 1 (by Jarek)
With Olympic volleyball fever in the air, inspired by Australia taking 2 sets off the fancied Italians the night before, UTS returned to Homebush for the 2nd half of the SVL season full of vim and vigour.
Unfortunately our presence on court, was a tamer beast than anticipated. Rather than roaring, we meowed meekly, and didn’t put the Sydney Uni team under the required pressure, allowing them to dictate. We quickly found ourselves a set down.
An unhappy coach, questioned why our ebullience and zest had been replaced with such timid play. The game plan for the second set was to play it simple, play it smart and above all play hard and put Sydney Uni under enough pressure to stop them from playing.
It worked. We were a different team, the good Dr Jekyll had replaced the Mr Hyde of the first set. Aggressive serving put Sydney on the back foot from the get go, our defence was solid and our spiking showed that not only we were more than capable of winning the game, there is a reason that we’ve taken sets off the best teams in this league this season.
They say that Volleyball is a thinking man’s game, unfortunately sets 3 & 4 were a concrete example of not playing the right mental game. After explicit instruction NOT to tip over the block, you can guess what happened next….the same play time and again, with a success rate of 2/14.
Over complicating our setting only compounded the problems. Mr Hyde was back, and we ended up losing the match.
The solution is clear. When we have the right mind-set, we can and will win. If not, we simply end up shooting ourselves in the foot…..with a bazooka.

Mens Div 1 Team 2 (by George)
Round 6 saw us battle it out against BHV Khalsa, who were equal 2nd on the ladder with us at the midpoint of the season. This week we were missing Lucas and Lionel due to overseas travel, and Luke was unavailable due to work commitments, whilst Coach Marielle was away playing WAVL with UTSSU. Due to the number of absentees, we had an invited guest player from SNV-Willoughby, Richard Wolken. As a result of injury, Andy originally planned to attend just to sit on the bench, but the excitement of the match took the better of him and he ended up playing a great game for us. We took the first set 25-22 against our younger rivals, with Nigel playing some great middle plays and some strong blocking. In the 2nd set Cris was unstoppable through the middle, but BHV ended up taking the set 25-20. In the 3rd Richard, Riu and Ric played a great attacking game, whilst libero Tony covered the backcourt with precision, giving us a convincing 25-19 set. In the 4th our passes let us down giving Michael nothing to set, and as we started to tire, the youngsters took the set 25-22. The 5th set decider started off close, but in the dying minutes BHV managed to race away and win 15-10 to take the match. At the end of the game we were all physically wrecked, having played our first 5 set match at SVL in just under 2 hours, but we walked away knowing we gave it a good shot. Result: BHV-K def UTS2 3:2.

Women’s Div 1 (to come)

SVL Week 5

July 30, 2012

Sunday 29th July saw us pass the half way mark of the SVL regular competition.  And as a bonus, we get to bask in the glow of the lit cauldron outside the Sports Halls.

Honours Men (update by Morky)
The UTS honours men suffered their first loss of the year, going down to last year’s gold medallist, Vostok.
In the first set, inconsistent passing and serving let the team down. This was improved throughout the game, but in its place came inconsistent hitting.
Jack Tutty led the way for Vostok, with his 2.05m frame and great reach, both in blocking and hitting.
In what proved to be an epic battle, UTS went down in 5 sets, 24-22 in the fifth, thanks largely to a yellow card on match point for a shoe lace violation on Captain Rob Fleury.
Not a fitting end to the match, with neither team being happy with the way it ended.

Honours Women had a bye this week

Mens Div 1 Team 1 (by Stan)
Coming into Round 5 without a win, the Div 1 Mens team was keen to get on the board and came out confidently in the first set against Sydney Uni. Some all round confident team play, highlighted by strong hitting from Igor and consistent passing from libero Yahya saw us take out the first set. We began well in the second set, but Sydney Uni began to build confidence as the set went on and some unforced errors on our side and the other team going for the ball much harder saw us lose the second set by a close margin. We came into the third set determined to strike back but a number of errors on the net as well as some strong play from Sydney Uni saw us sink to 5-15 before we even knew what was happened. We mounted a comeback and looked strong when we put the passes on the net but unfortunately could not come back from the huge deficit from earlier in the set and lost the third 25-18. In the final set, a slightly slow start saw us take the lead in the set with some strong blocking on the right side of the net with Igor particularly dominant. There was also some excellent running through the middle by Jerome and Alvin and Andrei came off the bench to provide some great winners with a mixture of strong hitting and tips into the right spots. Jerome served particularly strongly and we looked set to take the fourth, but some familiar errors with our passing and court position on defence became our undoing and Sydney Uni won a hard fought match, taking the fourth set 25-22.

Mens Div 1 Team 2 (by George)
This round saw both UTS Div 1 teams playing both Sydney University teams at exactly the same timeslot. Our team welcomed the return of our international business-men, Tony and Luke, whilst Lucas flew out to Brazil to do more recruiting for our international cast. The team came out all guns blazing to a stunned Sydney University B team, and the excitement of having everyone back on court seemed to carry us on a high for the whole match. Overall we had a comfortable win, with all players contributing their bit, much to the delight of coach Marielle . At the mid-point of the SVL season we are now 4 wins from 5 games. Result: UTS2 def Sydney University B 3:0.

Womens Div 1 (by Joey)
We had a relatively easy 3-0 victory today against a young Santa Sabina side. Courtney had a great game hitting many winners from the outside. Em proved that her overpass hit that resulted in a six pack last week was a fluke as she buried one into the net in the 2nd set. She did redeem herself in the 3rd set hitting an overpass winner. Oh and Rob Gasperic you owe the whole team shots as Bec served into the net on set point during the second set. To celebrate the win the whole team had some bonding time having lunch at Thai after our game. Well done ladies in finishing second in our pool as we move into the serious rounds starting next week

UTSSS Div 1 Women (Quote from Nam)
“We lost…”

SVL Week 4

July 25, 2012

The fourth round of SVL 2012 was held on Sunday 22nd July.  I was an eventful weekend…some of it even volleyball related.

Men’s Honours (from Morky)
A depleted UTS Men’s honours team has continued its winning ways, defeating an also depleted Dragons team 3:0. Missing Captain Rob Fleury (romantic weekend away with his UGG-boots), The D-Factor, Dave Boettiger (away with Rob … or was he injured??) and the D-Skin, Doug Skinner due to back problems (Justine – you need to look after Douggie!), leaving Super Sub, and possibly the oldest man still alive playing volleyball, Andrew Lyell to man the bench. Coach Morky also added his name to the score sheet, just in-case he was required to dominate through the middle. After a master class on passing on Wednesday night, the 3 passers in Jason “I beat my brother again” Laffer, Gregor “the G-Spot” Salvin and Michael “I am at the right gym today” Jonstomp, had excellent performances, making up for the previous week. Setter, Sucky “Sucky” Suckling, managed to feed the outsides very well, and on the occasions where he set Artem “salted Cucumber” Ipatyev, either left him against no blocks or three blocks. Sam “I was captain again” Morrison and Aymeric “I am also at the right gym today” Jonstomp performed well as always.
At press time, captain Rob Fleury was unavailable for comment, but would have said ”Choice Bro”

Women’s Honours (to come)

Mens Div1 Team 1 (by Nithin)
Week 4 SVL UTS 1 vs Baulkam Hills Colts. Set 1 was a slow start for UTS, mainly lack of communication on court led to a loss. Set 2 started strong, but unfortunately was unable to convert to a win. Set 3 saw a marked improvement in team coordination resulting in a win. Set 4 had way too many errors both serving and serve reception. UTS1 loss 1-3.

Mens Div1 Team 2 (by George)
Round 4 was a top-of-the-table clash with UNSW, and a replay of our semi-final from Newcastle. We had several players absent due to travel/work commitments including Tony, Luke and Michael, whilst Andy is out with a back injury. Lucas did a great job filling in as setter and Nigel played his first full rotational role in the team as we didn’t play a libero. Riu came off a plane from Brazil and came straight to the stadium full of adrenalin and showed no sign of jetlag. The first set went to UNSW, but we managed to come back in the 2nd set for a strong win. The 3rd set was close but UNSW managed to take it out, and sadly we couldn’t regroup to control the 4th set. Some rough patches and some poor passing left Marielle pulling her hair out from the sideline. Some good lessons here for us all. Result: UNSW def UTS2 3:1.

Women’s Div 1 (by Jo)
Starting our game nearly an hour late we were keen to dispose of Syd Uni quickly and get out of the gym before darkness. The game started out as planned, winning the first 2 sets convincingly.
Sydney Uni stepped in up in the next 2 sets, serving aggressively and hitting the ball hard which we found hard to defend. Sydney Uni took out the match in 5 sets and we encounted our first loss of the season.
Game highlights included welcoming to the court Jess Reardon who played universal and was proving a headache for the opposition with a couple of massive blocks. Courtney enjoyed playing as an outside hitter instead of middle, and buried a couple of huge pipe sets in the process. Claire Walker had a great game hitting winners and finally realising that if she dived she actually might get the ball…great work Claire, must be the new red hair! Oh yes, and then there was Em Mattick’s huge overpass six pack but didn’t realise cause she was still amazed that she hit the ball over the net. Nice work Em!
Overall a good game with lots still to work on but many positives to take away. Next week we take on the Santa Sabina girls in the last game before the division gets split into two.


SVL 2012 Round 3

July 15, 2012

The third round of SVL 2012 was held on Sunday 15th July.  The UTS teams were again in action. Some players had just returned from uni games, while others had been training hard (including the first AVL trial).

Honours Men (by Morky)
UTS came up against a well prepared UNSW team, who had a game plan masterminded by super coach Damon Minotti.
In a first set that see-sawed, with both teams having half a dozen set points, UTS triumphed 33-31.
The second and third sets were completely dominated by UNSW, with superior serving, setting, hitting, blocking, defence and looks (except for the coaching staff).
The fourth set saw UTS make drastic changes to its passing line up, resulting in a very fluid offence that proved too hard for the UNSW boys to stop.
The fourth set also saw the realisation that Steve Neal was left handed and that blocking his right shoulder was very ineffective.
The fifth set went much the same as the fourth, with UTS building a comfortable lead, off the back of some good passing from Doug, Rob and Artem and excellent serving from Dave “the D-Factor” Boettiger.
Captain Rob Fleury was very pleased with his troops and gave a very inspirational speech at the end of the game, stating – “hey leds, thet was choice bro”
Final result UTS 3:2 (….winning ugly is better than losing ugly – Andrew Lyell)

Honours Women (by Gabes)
Round 3 saw the honours girls up against United who were also wearing the UTS colours. This however did not intimidate us, with a strong start saw us winning the first set quite convincingly 25-12. The Uniting girls showed signs of great defence in the first set that we knew we had to keep hitting hard and smart in order to try and beat them. The second set was a lot closer however with some strong serving by Bruna in particular we caught up to finally close out the set 28-26. Unfortunatly the third set did not go our way. Too many miss serves and individual defensive errors forced Lionel to use his 2 time outs to try and get us playing as a team again. In the fourth set our team captain Wendy went down after rolling her ankle. Luckily Lily had just finished playing for Santa and was willing to jump straight on court as we only has 7 players for the whole game. Even though Lily came out quite strong it was still a lack of team communication that saw us lose that forth set and then the fifth. We ended up losing the match but we are all looking forward to the rest of the team returing from oversease so we can get back into some tough training. Also thanks to Cat who filled in through the middle for her sister Carrie.

Div 1 Men Team 1 (by Keith)
After waiting around for the Honours guys to finally win their 5 setter against UNSW, the first set saw our guys a little outmatched by several of the UNSW players who had just stepped off the Honours court.  Needless to say, we played pretty well in all 3 sets, but couldn’t deliver the consistency. Although we went down 3 nil, there was some very hard fought points in there. Lee, Jerome and Alvin were strong in attack, with Nithin’s setting showing some good improvements. Gino stepped in to do a good job at libero as well.

Div 1 Men Team 2 (by George)

Nigel getting it done at the net

Round 3 saw a depleted team due to overseas travel by Tony, Luke and Riu. Marielle came straight off a plane from Paris, just in time to resume as coach and with a team of only 8, we managed to dazzle the South Coast boys with our new shiny white uniforms. Nigel returned to our team after some great training with UTS1 and made an impact through the middle. This week Lucas took the court as our 2nd setter and the team adjusted quickly to win the 1st set. The 2nd set saw us struggle, but then Cris took the court in Set 3 and was unstoppable through the middle. Andy and Lionel had some strong hitting from the outside thanks to Michael’s sets, whilst Ricky mastered the art of Libero and now threatens Tony’s role in the team. Result: 3-1 WIN UTS2 

Div 1 Women (by J0)
The div 1 women kept on their winning ways with a solid victory over a young Baulkham Hills team. Coach Sam wasn’t impressed with the second set (25-22) so the girls stepped in up in the 3rd set taking the match 3-0 to remain undefeated.

UTS SS C1 (by Nam)
The young guns showed again that they are serious contenders this year in the Div 1. Beating UNSW convincingly in the first 2 sets, unfortunately the team did what all junior teams love doing… Stressing out their coach! The team went down 25-6! The 4th set was patchy which resulted in the game going into the 5th deciding set. Facing 7 match points against them 14-8, the girls stayed strong and fought back point by point. Bryony Williams, who struggled with her serves over the few past years, pulled out the goods when it counted. Her strong serving combined with desperate defense from the rest of team leveled the score at 14-14. UNSW’s time was too little too late and the young girls from Santa Sabina finished off the last 2 points to win the match and retain their top ranking in the pool.

Eastern Uni Games 2012

July 14, 2012

Nothing like the taste...On the 1st of july UTS sent a team of 7 to take on the contenders at this years Eastern Uni Games. The team consisted of Sam “big chief” Morrison, Igor “the bosnian bear” Mileusnic, James “pimpin” Mcrae, Sunny “GHD” Dhaliwal, Jason “casualty” Laffer, Owen “chicken legs” Hynes and Tommy “two shoes” Lee.

It was a fairly in experienced team with this being the first time playing together and the first game of volleyball owen and tom have played. The tournament was to consist of a double round robin against Cumberland, UNSW 1 and UNSW 2.

We made it through the preliminary undefeated. We only dropped 3 sets, 2 of which were due to a change of line up and expert setting from sam and igor. Our semifinal was to be against Cumberland. After a shaky and freezing 8am start we easily overcame cumbo to enter the final against UNSW 1.

During the preliminary rounds we had 2 hard games against UNSW 1 and were all keen for a tough game in the final. With some big hitting and even bigger blocking we easily defeated UNSW 1 in 4 sets to bring home the gold.

UTS also brought home the overall honours by 5 gold medals (read all about that here)

I would like to thank all the boys for a great week, especially owen and tommy who made it possible for us to go by filling numbers. They showed great improvement over a short time.

We now look forward to the Australian Uni Games in September.

UTSSU 2nd After Round 1 of WAVL 2012

July 9, 2012

Our Women’s Australian Volleyball League (AVL) team went away to Dandenong , VIC,  for round 1 over the weekend.

The girls came away with 3 wins and 2 losses, placing them 2nd on the ladder. There are some neat photos from the weekend here.

And if you haven’t already seen the WAVL 2012 poster…you might have noticed it featured our own Nat Frostick about to hammer a ball away.

SVL 2012 Week 2

June 24, 2012

The second week of State Volleyball League saw a revised draw and some tough games for the UTS teams. A quick run down from each team follows. There will now be a couple of weeks off while National Juniors is played, which will give the teams some time for some extra training and fine tuning.

Men’s Honours (from Morky)
The UTS honours Men took on a determined Baulko team on Sunday. In what proved to be a tough encounter, UTS managed to scrape through with a 3:1 win
UTS was led by experienced (old) setter Keith “K-Suck” Suckling & some amazing defence by Doug “D-Skin” Skinner & Dave “D-Bo” Boettiger (who would have thought?)
Coach Morky was impressed with Gregor “G-Sal” Salvin, who managed to play the perfect roll shot – something that had been practiced in the previous weeks (so he was paying attention!)
Captain Rob “R-Fleur” Fleury, was quoted at the end of the game as saying “Choice Bro”.

Womens Honours (from Caroline)
In round 2 of the SVL season the honours girls played Sydney Uni, in a tight match resulting in a loss for the girls, 2-3. With only 7 players this week due to overseas travel. the team welcomed back their captain Wendy Edwards onto the court after a series of injuries. The first set came with UTS wiping Sydney Uni of the court, but the girls weren’t ready for the fired up players on the other side of the net when they took the court for the second set. Although the loss the girls still played well considering there lack of team mates with great passing by the libero Gabes, actuate sets from Anna and kill hits form the outside hitter Carrie.

Div1 Men Team 1 (from Nithin)
Week 2 saw Div 1 UTS1 play against the tardy Korean team who stepped down from honours divison. Their 6th player barely managed to make it on to the court as the refs whistle blew. Set 1 started strong with UTS having the lead most of the the way, except a few errors towards the end and a loss. Set 2 with new found vigor and great teamwork took the win, Set 3 and 4 very close games but ended in a loss. Highlights – great serving by Alex and Nith. Good attacks through the middle by Alvin. Future focus on back court communication and serve reception.

Div 1 Men Team 2 (from George)

Results of UTS strength and conditioning program

Round 2 saw us play in freezing ice cold conditions against Baulkham Hills Colts. Given the international cast in our team, we have to make allowances for frequent overseas travel, so we welcomed 2 new players to our team this week, Luke (x-Honours Team) and Nigel who stands at 2.3 metres tall! Nigel passed the induction test by wearing Bruna’s size 8 playing top without any complaints and managed to run a few great quick plays thru the middle. Cris arrived just as the scorer was crossing names off the sheet, and this meant Tony had no choice but to read the riot act to everyone regarding punctuality. Result: 3-0 WIN UTS2.

Div 1 Women (from Jo)
Our team played our arch rivals Baulkham Hills in round 2 of SVL this week. Missing a few players meant that for the 2nd week in a row had to get Danni Rogerson out of retirement as well as borrow the honours Libero, Gabes. In a close match that should have been over in 4 sets, we eventually came away with the win 3 sets to 2. A great start to our SVL campaign with 2 wins from 2 matches.

Div 1 Santa Sabina 1 (from Nam)
The young UTSSS1 team proved they are more than capable in the Women’s Division 1 competition beating defending champions Manly 3-1. Consisting of only junior players from feeder School Santa Sabina College, UTSSS1 played with maturity and discipline. The team stuck to their game plan and played with a positive attitude throughout the match. The 1st set was a seesaw ride with both teams going point for point but UTS were able to finish off the set with some aggressive serving 25-21. A poor start with problems in the passing line had UTS trailing throughout the 2nd set and going down 13-25. After some stern words from the coach, the team came back out firing in the third set. Once again aggressive serving was the key which allowed UTS to tactically defend against Manly and counter attack effectively. Though the final score was close 25-23, UTS were always in control of the set. With confidence the youngsters started the 4th set well finding rhythm in both defence and attack. Blocking and hitting aggressively, the girls were in total control of the game winning the final set 25-16.
“It was good to see the girls not play like a bunch of princesses” quoted the happy coach at the end of the day.