Western Phantoms head coach David Berry has labelled this year's expansion a great success.
With no teams from the club remaining in the Victorian Volleyball League finals, Berry took an opportunity to reflect on the season.
The Phantoms experienced plenty of highs this year, including fielding a men's premier division and women's reserves team for the first time.
There were also plenty of lows, including Volleyball Victoria mistakenly fixturing fewer matches than the rest of the competition for the women's reserves and division two teams.
While the club did not replicate its finals success from last year when all three of its teams qualified for grand finals, Berry said this year's two new teams had shown they could compete in higher divisions.
"When you look at it from a club perspective, to get the five teams up was a massive undertaking," he said.
"The fact we've got five teams playing in the premier competition in the state, with players from all over western Victoria, and being able to put five really competitive teams out there is fantastic."
Only the men's reserves team qualified for the finals, but the other four Phantoms teams were all in the hunt for top four spots well into the second half of the year.
The premier men's side entered the competition uncertain of how it would fare, but produced four wins and several competitive losses.
Berry said the Phantoms had grown quickly since entering the Victorian Volleyball League in 2010, and while the club would not field a premier women's team next season, he hoped it was not far away.
"I'd like to consolidate what we've got," he said.
"It would be nice to get that premier girls team but given what happened to the reserves girls with the fixture this year, I would like to give them another opportunity just to give them a chance.
"They finished 6-6 and lost four five-setters, so who knows what would have happened if they got those two extra games."
Berry said several talented junior prospects would be given opportunities with the club next year, which would increase the depth of each team.
He said plenty of Phantoms players flourished this year and had bright futures ahead.
Berry said Tim Carter's passing in the men's reserves final, Cam Robinson's continued improvement as a setter and Siobhan Robinson's return from a year-long absence were some of the outstanding individual performances.
He said the club would only continue to get better as its younger players developed.