WA Pearls make history with 3rd Straight Women’s Australian Volleyball League Premiership
Volleyball Australia would like to congratulate the WA Pearls on taking out the 2011 Women’s AVL for a record-breaking 3rd straight title.
WA’s road to the title was not without its tough times, winning a hard-fought 5 set match against UTSSU in the Preliminary Final, and then taking on the University Blues in the first Semi-Final, coming from 2 sets to 1 down and fighting back to progress to the final 17-15 in the fifth set.
The Gold Medal match saw the WA Pearls square up against the form team of the competition, South Australia. The Pearl’s experience in big matches shone through as they clinched the Gold Medal match with an emphatic straight sets victory to bring home the silverware for the 3rd successive time, a feat never before matched in the history of Women’s AVL.
In the Bronze medal match, the Uni Blues overcame a third set fight back from UTSSU to take out the bronze medal in 4 sets, 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20).
Final placing for the 2011 Women’s AVL were:
1. WA Pearls
2. South Australia
3. Uni Blues
5. Canberra Heat
Congratulations also to Jenny Day (WA Pearls), Stacey Naismith (South Australia), Tara West (WA Pearls), Tarsha Praski (Uni Blues), Fleur Holmes (WA Pearls), Anna Maycock (South Australia), and Sarah Choat (South Australia) for being named as the 2011 Women’s AVL All Star Seven team.
All 2011 results, player profiles and statistics for the season can be found at www.avf.org.au/AVL.