WESTERN Phantoms' men's reserves team is the club's only finals hope at the end of the Victorian Volleyball League home and away season.
The team guaranteed itself a finals place with a straight-sets win over Latrobe Valley Hawks in round 13.
The team enjoyed a bye at the weekend knowing its fourth place position was safe.
The Phantoms will take on Mornington in the first semi-final on Saturday, with a spot in the preliminary final up for grabs.
Monash and Heidelberg will battle in the second semi-final, with the winner moving onto the grand final and the loser getting a second chance in next week's preliminary final.
The finals berth is great news for the men's reserves team, which had most of its experienced players from last season move up into the new premier division side.
The reserves team was runner-up in last year's VVL competition but did not know what to expect this year with a mostly new playing group.
Phantoms head coach David Berry said the reserves team would be a strong premiership contender.
He said with the premier division side out of the running for a finals position with weeks remaining in the season, the club had been able to drop talented players back into the reserves.
"Brad Mason has played three premier games and three reserves games, so he's all good to play," Berry said.
"Chris Grigg is in the same situation, so that immediately strengthens our side." Berry is confident his side can topple Mornington, which will be without star player Aaron Krahe.
The experience of Tim Popple could prove to be a big factor in the Phantoms' hopes.
Meanwhile, the premier division men's team is pleased with its first season in the division.
The Phantoms finished second last but spent much of the first half of the year in the top four and were in finals contention until late in the season.
The reserves women have also enjoyed a good first season in their division. The team was not far off the finals pace, and a first-round win against finals-bound Eastside Hawks showed the group was extremely competitive.
The division two men were just two wins away from making the finals and the division two women finished eighth out of 15 teams despite playing three fewer games .