The Melbourne Vipers men’s team will be looking to replicate their round two performance against the Canberra Heat when the two sides meet this weekend in the semi finals of the Australian Volleyball Super League on the Gold Coast.
Canberra won 3-2 in the opening game before winning the second 3-0, but it is the score line in the first game that has given Melbourne coach Josh Cowan confidence; “It is an exciting step for where we want to take the Vipers going into the future. We are looking forward to the test of the Canberra Heat and hopefully we can produce a performance like we did in the first game at the AIS.”
Canberra coach Les Young says his side is ready for the challenge presented by the Melbourne Vipers; “We won’t underestimate them with Jose Martinez and former Heat player, Martin Kaufer, in their line-up.”
In the other semi final the Queensland Pirates take on the UTSSU Shield. Queensland player Will Mercer says the UTSSU Shield will be tough; “We are excited at the prospect of a potential fourth consecutive national championship. UTSSU have been improving throughout the season. We have a strong rivalry with the Canberra Heat, so a final matchup with them would be ideal.”
In the women’s competition, Queensland plays the Canberra Heat and the Melbourne Vipers meet the Adelaide Storm. Queensland’s Emma Burton says there is a rivalry with Canberra; “Saturday’s semi will be a massive game for both the Heat and the Pirates as there is always a certain fire that both teams bring when we play each other.”