The Melbourne University Blues won an unprecedented 6th straight Women

The Melbourne University Blues won an unprecedented 6th straight Women’s AVL title yesterday at the Australian Volleyball League Championship in Melbourne. Despite dropping their 1st game in the tournament on Friday, they regrouped and went on to defeat every other team on the way to their Gold Medal, defeating the Volleyball Australia Centre of Excellence (CoE) in three sets, 25-13, 25-11 and 25-19.

The Melbourne Uni Blues coach Steve Holder commented, “Our girls played incredibly well throughout this event. It has been a long weekend and we had to manage the team ensuring everyone was ready for what we hoped would be the final which ended up working for us.” He went on to say, ”I think we need to keep an eye on CoE for next year though, they are young and fearless which is exciting for the sport”.

CoE is coached by Shannon Winzer, who had previously led Melbourne University Blues to their 1st four titles. Shannon commented after the event, “Today was not our day and Uni Blues played very well. But the Silver Medal is definitely something the CoE girls are very proud of!”

In the Men’s Final, the Queensland Pirates won their 4th title in five years against the Canberra Heat in an enthralling match of power and athleticism. Canberra Heat came out swinging taking the 1st set 25-22. However, the Pirates rallied and dominated the second set to take it 25-14. Canberra once again was in the lead for the majority of the 3rd set however Queensland came back late in the set to take the 3rd 25-22. Queensland were pushed early in the 4th set, however stayed in control and took the set 25-19 and the Gold Medal.

Both team captains were full of compliments for their opposition and commenting on the standard of competition across the entire event.

This event was again the precursor to the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup (AVSC) where many Australian Volleyball Olympians and current members of the Volleyroos started their volleyball careers. This year the AVSC reached another record level of entries with 551 teams. The AVL Championships highlighted many of these athletes and the highest standards of Volleyball to aspiring athletes from all over the country.

’s AVL title yesterday at the Australian Volleyball League Championship in Melbourne.  Despite dropping their 1st game in the tournament on Friday, they regrouped and went on to defeat every other team on the way to their Gold Medal, defeating the Volleyball Australia Centre of Excellence (CoE) in three sets, 25-13, 25-11 and 25-19. 

The Melbourne Uni Blues coach Steve Holder commented, “Our girls played incredibly well throughout this event. It has been a long weekend and we had to manage the team ensuring everyone was ready for what we hoped would be the final which ended up working for us.”  He went on to say, ”I think we need to keep an eye on CoE for next year though, they are young and fearless which is exciting for the sport”.

CoE is coached by Shannon Winzer, who had previously led Melbourne University Blues to their 1st four titles.  Shannon commented after the event, “Today was not our day and Uni Blues played very well. But the Silver Medal is definitely something the CoE girls are very proud of!”

In the Men’s Final, the Queensland Pirates won their 4th title in five years against the Canberra Heat in an enthralling match of power and athleticism.  Canberra Heat came out swinging taking the 1st set 25-22.  However, the Pirates rallied and dominated the second set to take it 25-14.  Canberra once again was in the lead for the majority of the 3rd set however Queensland came back late in the set to take the 3rd 25-22.  Queensland were pushed early in the 4th set, however stayed in control and took the set 25-19 and the Gold Medal.

Both team captains were full of compliments for their opposition and commenting on the standard of competition across the entire event. 

This event was again the precursor to the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup (AVSC) where many Australian Volleyball Olympians and current members of the Volleyroos started their volleyball careers.  This year the AVSC reached another record level of entries with 551 teams. The AVL Championships highlighted many of these athletes and the highest standards of Volleyball to aspiring athletes from all over the country.