Newcastle State Cup 2016

May 28, 2016

UTS volleyball teams made the trek north to the Newcastle State Cup for the weekend of 14/15 May.

Some updates are provided below.


Div 1 Men (from Sucky)

Making the trek up Friday night, left some feeling very fresh and ready for the first Saturday game against a junior State team (which did include a UTS young gun).  A solid start to the tournament saw the team take the first game in a rather intense affair.  Game 2 left the team feeling a little flat.  The 2:1 loss was not our best performance and probably a game we could have won.  Needing to win our third game to get to quarterfinals, the pressure was on.  Unfortunately the pressure (it was a pretty big sheep station we were playing for) was too much and we crumbled.  We won our consolation game against the other state junior team to finish off the weekend.
A fun time away. Now for State League!

Div 2 Women (from Verena)

Last weekend, the state cup tournament #3 (Newcastle) took place and over 50 teams from around NSW were making their way to Hamilton. Amongst these teams were also the UTS Div 2 girls together with head coach Yoshi and co-coach Jali. The late start (3 pm) on Saturday allowed even the people coming up on Saturday from Sydney to have a sleep in and even Susannah who suffered some heavy traffic made it in time for the first game.

The first game was against Blue Bees 1, who were not able to withstand the strong serves of the UTS girls. Especially Lyndel seemed to have a very good lunch as she was smashing the balls around the ears of the Bees. The game ended in a clear 3:0 (75:30) victory of the UTS girls. It was a great opportunity for the Div 2 team to concentrate on some of the weaker things such as passing and middle hitting.

After a short break and great game analysis by coach Yoshi (we really love the analysis Yoshi!), the second game followed against the CC Stingrays. Still fresh and energetic, the serves of the UTS girls were again so strong, that the stingrays could not return many. Lyndel was again serving one after the other and – to the best of my knowledge she served once around 13-15 times in a row. However, unfortunately the UTS Div 2 girls struggled from time to time especially with unexpected returns. Overall, the second game was also a clear win with 3:0 (66:32). It was great to see that although Yoshi took the opportunity and shuffled the positions of some players to try different combinations, the team did not get confused (at least not a lot :-)).

The last game of the day was late in the evening (7 pm start) against the Pittwater girls, a very young and new team. Everyone could feel the tiredness and it was a bit a struggle at times for the UTS girls. The girls finally saved a 3:0 win although not as smooth as expected. After the last duty was over (and we finally found Lyndel hiding on the physio bench), the team was running to a restaurant to get some deserved food and rest. Sadly, we had to say good bye to Josie who was unfortunately not able to play with us on Sunday.

The second day also had a comfortable late start with the first game at 12 pm. Unfortunately Amy suffered from returning back problems and received some back strapping from the physio. The game against coffs harbour led the team to their fourth win and into the semi final. Problems were still found in the percentage of good passes and hits that would lead to direct point (so called kill hits).

The semi final against UniSyd was a thriller and I am sure Yoshi aged a few years during that game. The first set was a clear win for the UTS girls with 25:19 playing their hard serves and trying to concentrate on good passes. However, the UTS girls struggled in the second set, not passing well and hitting was, well, I don’t want to go that far, but close to abysmal. Therefore, UTS girls lost the second set 25:17, leaving us 2 points behind. Nonetheless, after a weak start in the third set, the girls pulled it together and Susannah was pretty much winning the third set with her strong serves and nerves, so that UTS won 11:9.

With Lyndel having a look-a-like tennis ball already on her elbow and Amy being limited due to her back, the final game against Blue Bees started very close with both teams head to head. Unfortunately the first set went to Blue Bees with 26:24, so close! Moreover, Lyndel got injured on her arm and was not able to show her full strength. However, the team fought back in the second set and won it 25:15. Finally in the deciding third set, unfortunately UTS could not keep it up anymore and lost the gold medal to the Bees.

Although the girls did not win gold, they won in getting closer as a team and testing out different combinations for the next Sunday’s SVL start.

Thank you to all the players (Amy, Annabel, Lyndel, Susannah, Josie, Alia, Claire, Deb) and a massive thanks to Yoshi for a great weekend and so much fun!!!!



UTS Cup returns in 2016

May 21, 2016

UTS Cupc pic

UTS Cup makes a return in 2016 and we are looking forward to a great weekend of volleyball!

All players must be registered members of State Volleyball NSW and/or Volleyball Australia. One-off Tournament Registrations will be available at the venue, but must be completed prior to any player taking the court.

A team will only be accepted into the Tournament upon submission of a completed Entry Form (including Team List) and receipt of Team Fees by UTS. The nominated Team Representative will receive email notification upon successful entry into the competition. Priority placement of teams in this year’s event will be given to those teams who submit completed Entry Forms with their Entry Fees.

Entries are capped at a maximum of 16 teams. Team entries after we reach capacity will be waitlisted and allocated to the competition where possible. Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday, 8 June, 2016. Teams withdrawing after this time will forfeit any paid entry fees.

Thank you for your support of UTS Cup 2016 and we look forward to seeing you on the court.

You can fill in an entry form for your team here:

The flyer with the full details: UTS CUP – Tournament Information

81 juniors want to play volleyball!

March 6, 2016

On Saturday 5th March we had another record attendance at Junior Trials with an amazing 81 juniors turning up. For the boys session we saw 42 players giving their best under the direction of guest senior coach Mark Munter. We had a new record set for planking at a junior session, with a Gold Ticket awarded to John Sio & Charlie Evans with a time of 05:30 (MM:SS) and special merit to Harrison Perry for showing amazing determination to get to the 5 minute mark.

Mark Munter tests the boys for physical stamina

boys trial 2

42 Players attended the Boys Session

The next session saw 39 girls turn up for their trials under the direction of Head Coach Deb Chung. The group was split up into 4 teams so everyone could have the opportunity to demonstrate their match play. We saw some power serving by some of the girls and lots of great scrambles in defence. It was great to see some very talented Volleyballers and many showed great potential for developing their skills.

Deb briefs the girls

Deb briefs the girls

Yoshiko & Claire take the girls through a stretching routine

We are very pleased that so many juniors want to play volleyball and attendance was far more than anticipated. Teams will be announced shortly and we thank everyone who came to a Trials.

Record Turnout for Junior Trials

February 27, 2016

We had a total of 65 juniors attend our first Junior Trials-Training Session for 2016, supported by 10 UTS Coaches. The first session with a huge turnout of 34 boys was spread across 2 courts so everybody got plenty of time to show selectors some of their skills. The girls session also had a great turnout with 31 girls put through their paces on 2 courts. It was great to see such an enthusiastic bunch of young girls eager to show their skills and have some fun on court.

Deb and Jali making some selection notes

Deb and Jali making some selection notes

Lots of girls on court - 2016 Junior trials

Lots of girls on court

The next Junior Trials will be on Saturday 5 March at Sydney Boys High School with the Boys Session at 2.30-4.30 and the Girls Session 4.00-6.00. If you would like to attend, please register online here:

You can also download a flyer here: 2016-UTSVC-JuniorsFlyer-b.

Trials have started for 2016

February 23, 2016

The senior teams had their first open trials last night (Tuesday 23rd February).

A collection of new and old players turned out for night one of the trials. The men were first up with the early time slot catching out a few people who are used to training at later times.  A quick change in nets and the women were next up.

men trials 2016

Trials are a bit different from regular training sessions.  There is a quick bit of information exchange, including name tags, sign in and information about commitment required before everyone gets to hit the court and show what they could do.

Name tags. Always a feature at trials

Name tags. Always a feature at trials

The second trial will be held next Tuesday 1st March with women from 6pm and men from 8pm.  For those who still haven’t filled out the trial form it can be found here:

And for those who missed the information about commitment and fees, that can be found here.

Junior trials will be held on Saturday. Information for that can be found here.

See you at the next trial!


Junior boys and girls trials for 2016 season announced

February 8, 2016
UTS Junior Boys Div 2 Team Newcastle

UTS Junior Boys Div 2 Team Newcastle

UTS Volleyball is now announcing its open trials for its junior boys and girls representative teams for season 2016.

To be eligible you can turn 18 or under in 2016 (born 1998 or afterwards).

Trials will be held on Saturday 27th February and Saturday 5th March at Sydney Boys High School Cleveland Street, Moore Park.  Boys trials will be held from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, with girls trials from 4pm to 6pm.

Anyone interested in trialing should fill in this form prior to attending.

Further information can be found by downloading this flyer.

Lets go for 2016 Season Tryouts & Preseason!

January 24, 2016

UTS Volleyball club is pleased to announce that their trials for the senior representative teams will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 23rd February
    – Men 6pm for 6:30pm start until 8:30pm,
    – Women 8pm for 8:30pm start until 10:30pm
  • Tuesday 1st March
    – Women 6pm for 6:30pm start until 8:30pm,
    – Men 8pm for 8:30pm start until 10:30pm
  • Tuesday 8th March (if required)
    – from 6pm, exact times to be advised

Each trail will be held at Sydney Boys High on Cleveland Street.

All players interested in trialing are required to FILL IN THIS FORM, ideally before attending trials.

Prior to trials, the club will hold pre-season training sessions.  These are historically a mix of some conditioning as well as some on court volleyball.  These will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:30pm on 2nd, 9th and 16th February at Sydney Boys High.

See you there!

Cougars & Cubs waiting for the serve

Cougars & Cubs waiting for the serve