The revamped Australian Volleyball League now known as the Volleyball Super League, featuring six teams in men’s and women’s, gets underway at three venues across Australia this weekend.
The Melbourne Vipers are at home at the State Volleyball Centre, Dandenong, against the Adelaide Storm. The Vipers are the new Victorian representative team, combining two former clubs; the Uni Blues and the VVA Vultures.
The Uni Blues women’s team was one of the most dominant in the previous AVL.
The Vipers women’s team includes the current Australian captain, Kell Lean, Volleyroo, Monique Stojanovic, and young star, Alissa Kinkela.
The Vipers men’s team is just as strong with Ben Abbott, Nick Boesten, former Olympian (Mexico), Jose Martinez, and Harry McBean.
The Western Australian Steel begins their campaign against the Canberra Heat at the Warwick Stadium. The Steel has a number of new players in their squad with only about half the athletes returning from 2018.
Matt Pallot and Kable Monck are the men’s co-captains. Pallot is in his eighth year in the Australian League having made his debut at the age of 17 years.
Veteran Volleyroo and 2018 Steel MVP, Jennifer Sadler, will again be the key player for the Western Australian women’s team.
Head coaches, Mandy Combes, in the women’s and Mitchell Collins, in the men’s, along with assistant coach, Stuart Carr, are returning.
The WA Steel’s opponents, the Canberra Heat will feature veteran, Travis Passier.
The Queensland Pirates will again be strong as they prepare to host the UTSSU (NSW) at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.
The opening Super League round will be staged in conjunction with the Queensland Junior Schools Cup featuring 160 teams.
Ben Bell returns from the Volleyroos World Cup campaign, Connor O’Neill returns from the World Beach Games in Doha, while Jess Ryder returns to captain the Pirates women’s team after suffering a knee injury in 2018.
The five-week round robin starting this weekend concludes with the finals at Carrara from 7 to 8 December.