Queensland off to a great start with a 6 – 0 head start against the hornets. 3 massive blocks from the Queensland boosting the confidence of the lineup and drawing the errors from the WA side. WA’s Cole Durant got things going for the Hornets with 2 kills to get them off the mark.
Shane Alexander showing some early influence in the match setting some great balls and giving the QLD attackers the best opportunity to make the attack. After a consecutive errors from QLD’s captain McLean reduce the lead by just 4. Dekker from QLD getting two crucial kills for the QLD side and making the Steve Petsos take his second time out to try get the team back on track in this first set. QLD unfortunately too strong for the Hornets and able to close the first set with a massive swing from McLean from the back row 19 – 25.
WA having a much better start to the second set with some much better error free volleyball being played and QLD producing the errors giving the WA side the lead in the early on in the set. Durant showing just how strong he is playing with great solid volleyball being played in all aspects. QLD’s captain having to step up and did just that playing great consistent volleyball putting many balls away for his side. Jack Halley also having a huge influence for the WA side with a great passing average and making many digs from the QLD attack. Despite the WA boys effortsQLD able to close the second set 20 – 25.
A great start from the WA boys with some huge rallies being played. Captain Jayson Fox came back onto court playing a part on getting the boys up and playing some great volleyball. Rich James from QLD (coach) making early time out calls after QLD producing a number of errors giving WA the advantage. This time a lot of great defensive play being made from WA’s James Clinch and Jack Halley giving the boys a great early buffer of
9 – 15 forcing QLD to make their second time out. The WA boys weren’t letting the QLD side get back into this game easy with great attack being made and still showing great signs of intensity. After a small delay in the play from the referee’s discussing a net touch call Hornets take out the 3rd set 25 – 18
After the efforts in the 3rd set from WA boys they came out strong with some great volleyball being played. QLD however also lifting there game with setter Alexander making a few dump balls and some much needed block points. QLD took the lead early in the set and held a handy two point buffer until after a missed call from a net touch from QLD really firing the boys up from WA and taking the lead for the first time in the 4th set. Scores were level at 20 -20 with James Clinche making a kill swing on the outside and drawing the net foul from Rankin. After a time out called by WA, QLD immediately come on and make the ace to give them the 2 point lead in the late stages of the set. WA making 4 errors in the row and giving the Pirates the win
A slow start by both team but WA eventually getting a rhythm and getting a nice handy early lead. Some great plays were being made with West and Ryan working hard and assisting the girls in the 12-18 lead that they had. this was short live after the QLD girls step it up a gear and played some great error free volleyball from the likes of Ryder and Tooker. The QLD girls be eventuate winners 22 – 25
The pearls had a shaky start to the second set fraught with errors with coach Manser calling the first timeout at 2-6 down. Great deep float serving by captain Jen Day coupled with some strong floor defence brought the girls back to a 7-6 lead.
Strong middle work through Tara West after a QLD run brought the scores back to 8-8 but a massive block from Tooker cut the run short. Haederli crushed a massive ball line collecting the defenders head along the way to ignite the team and followed by errors courtesy of the QLD receivers WA gained a 12-10 lead.
Side play continued until a a strong cross court kill from the lefty Bell.
A technical foul called by the referee resulted in a point for QLD but was strongly counteracted by a West slide 18-16. Ella Pragt made her first
2013 AVL appearance in a substitution. West made another slide attack kill to bring the scores to 19-17 as QLD head coach Georgieff calls a time out.
Double block on the Tooker middle by Shorter and Haederli takes the Pearls up to 20-17. Tip defence and a transition kill from Jess Ryder pulls the scores even at 20. Side out play to 21-21 before Kudzielia subbed on to the result of a Ryder line kill and a 22-21 lead to the Pirates.
Errors from the Pirates gifting the Pearls the opportunity to take the set at 24-22 when Georgieff called his second timeout. An ace serve from Haederli gave the Pearls the second set 25-22.
Double ace start to the Pearls gave them the 2-0 lead. Strong play by Kudzielia and QLD side out took the scores to sevens. Great serving from Tara West stretched the lead out to 12-7 before a huge Ryder kill cut the run off. Again good connection with Tenille Ryan and her middles gave the Pearls a commanding lead of 18-8.
Again middle ball from Ryan and solid reception from the Pearls produced some kills through Godfrey pushing the lead to 21-10. An Evision dig converted a play to push the lead to 22-10 as Holly Shorted was subbed in for West. Good read blocking from Bell and Tooker shut out Shorter before a Johnson winner regained the serve for the Pearls. A lengthy rally displayed some fantastic floor defence and blocking gifting the Pearls a set point. Again Hadaerli took the set out for the Pearls with a huge croscourt kill.
Awesome floor defence by both teams and a big kill by West followed by a Shorter ace produced a 3-0 lead. Again West and Day combined to kill some well placed sets from Ryan to push the lead to 7-2. Tara West was on fire with the Ryan connection finding more points through the middle as Ryan made a kill herself to push the lead out to 10-5. Coach Georgieff called a time out to instruct the Pirates however it was to no avail as WA gained a point. A huge roof from Cunningham/Tooker shut out Haederli at 11-6.
Side out transition play continued until a double from Day took the score to 16-10. A well read block from West again stretched the lead to 18-10.
The QLD lefty Bell hit a cross court kill to lessen the lead and a Day tool stretched the lead to 20-13. Side out play continued to result in a double up from an Ella Pragt kill. Set point 24-16 to the Pearls and Ella Pragt killed for the win 25-16. Pearls win 3-1.