THE 2013 Victorian Volleyball League season is officially over for Western Phantoms after the men's reserves team was sent crashing from the finals by Mornington.
The Phantoms were unable to match it with their more experienced opponent and lost in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21.
The team was unable to replicate its form from its previous meeting with Mornington this season.
Despite losing three-sets-to-one in round seven, the Phantoms twice pushed their adversaries to a 29-27 set scoreline.
Phantoms head coach David Berry said it was a disappointing way to finish the year for the men's reserves side, which was the only team from the club to play finals.
"Nothing seemed to work no matter what combination the coach put out there nothing seemed to click at all," he said.
"Mornington was very good in defence and I'd say its experience got it over the line."
Berry praised the efforts of Tim Carter in the libero role and Cam Robinson setting.
He said Carter played an outstanding game and both young players would benefit from the experience.
"When liberos are passing at about 2.8, that means every pass they make is nearly perfect," he said.
"Tim was passing at 2.77 at the end of the second set.
"His game was outstanding considering it was his first finals series."
It has been a year of expansion for the club, with two new sides in VVL competition.
The Phantoms fielded a men's premier division and women's reserves team for the first time this season.
Despite only the men's reserves qualifying for finals, Berry said it had been a successful year for the club.
"Every team that played last year stepped up a grade," he said.
"Our team that played off in the reserves grand final stepped up into premier competition, our division two boys stepped up into reserves and our younger ones came into division two.
"Our girls first up in reserves won 50 per cent of their games and lost probably four five-setters for the year."
Berry said all teams would look to consolidate on the growth they displayed this season before making a push for the finals next year.