WESTERN Phantoms were rewarded for a strong year with three awards at the Victorian Volleyball League presentation night on Saturday.
Young player Riley Stone nabbed the rising star award for his season with the premier division men.
The award is presented to the best under-21 player in the competition.
Stone made his debut with the Phantoms this season and played all games as a pass-hitter.
Phantoms coach David Berry said Stone showed outstanding commitment to the team and was a deserving winner of the award.
"His commitment to Western Phantoms this year just amazes us," he said.
"It's good recognition for the hard work that he's done and hopefully he'll continue playing with us next year."
Stone was selected in the under-19 Victorian blue team the highest level in his age group in the state during the year.
Berry was also recognised with the premier division men's coach of the year award.
The award was voted on by each coach in the league.
Berry said he was both honoured and surprised by his win.
"That came as a surprise when you look at it because we only won four games during the year," he said.
"That being said, Yarra was the only team which beat us comfortably in three sets and it was our first year in premier division.
"It was pleasing and I think it vindicates the work that we're doing."
Berry said there were several other coaches who deserved to win the award just as much, including Yarra Ranges coach Luke Campbell, who took his side to the grand final in his first year at the helm.
Phantom Cam Robinson also had a big night, finishing runner-up in the reserves men's MVP award.
Robinson had an outstanding year, which included being selected in the state squad.
Berry said he only had two votes at the half-way point of the season, but 'came home with a wet sail' to finish with 14 votes.
"That coincided with after national juniors, so obviously with that experience he was able to carry that through in the second half of the year," he said.