Volleyball WA Steel record clean sweep of the Echidnas in Tasmania

The Volleyball WA Steel have recorded a clean sweep of the Tasmania Echidnas over the weekend. Reds State League athletes Amelie Warburton, Biancka Morton and Ryan Slater represented the Steel at the Moonah Sports Centre in Hobart in a three match series against the Echidnas.

The Steel Women recorded comprehensive straight sets victories in their opening two matches before Tasmania took a set off the team in the final match of the tour, while the Men recorded an impressive 3-0 win on Saturday night in Game 2, with their other two matches going to four. 

Men’s setter Ryan Slater was excited to be back on court representing the black and gold. 

“The Tassie trip was a good experience to play some high level volleyball and meet new people who loved having us travel over to compete. It was an excellent weekend for the team with 3 solid wins,” Slater said.  

Outside Hitter Amelie Warburton made her debut for the Steel on the trip and enjoyed hitting the court in Hobart. 

“I am extremely grateful that I was given the opportunity to travel to Tasmania to represent the WA Steel this past weekend for the first time. I am also very happy with our teams performance, being able to showcase what we have been practising over the past 6 months.”

The Steel Women were led by Pauline Manser and women’s libero Biancka Morton relished the opportunity to play under Pauline. 

“It was exciting to play under a new coach with the extensive knowledge she has to offer. This season we focused on a new perspective in serve receive, taking us out of our comfort zone. 

“The WA Steel girls and coaches really committed this season to building a squad that will best prepare us for WA volleyball in 2022 and future years,” Morton said.

The fixtures against Tasmania marked the first time the Steel have competed interstate since 2019 following COVID-19 disruptions to the Australian Volleyball League (AVL).

Back in Action: Reds State League athletes Biancka Morton, Ryan Slater and Amelie Warburton in the black and gold.