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Nemostars, Sport-S Clash as Volleyball Playoffs Start

 

UVF Volleyball Playoffs (Tuesday)
Ndejje vs. Sport-S -6pm
Sport-S vs Nemostars -8pm

Defending champions Nemostars and last year’s losing finalists Sport-S start a 3-game semifinal series Tuesday night.

The two met in the final last year but couldn’t avoid each other in the semifinal pairing this season.

One of the teams will miss out on a finals slot this time round and Nemostars coach Andrew Okapis is confident that will not be his side.

“We are very confident and ready for the task,” Okapis said ahead of the clash.

Even when his side were not performing well in the regular season, Okapis stayed calm and insisted things would get better.

Having registered two wins over their semifinals opponents, Nemostars will be looking for two more wins to advance to the final.

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The return to full action of the experienced Louis Mubangizi and Tom Amou makes Nemostars stronger.

The two were in and out of the team during the regular season but will be available for the playoffs.

Reigning USPA Volleyball Player of the year George Aporu will still be the go-to man for the Kololo outfit.

His ability to score from anywhere on the court has made the difference for Nemostars in the previous seasons.

Setter Smith Okumu and middle players Wilfred Masaba and Fahad Zungu are the other important pieces in the Nemostars team.

For Sport-S, the two losses to their opponents in the regular season will only motivate them at this level.

“We know they beat us in regular season but at the same time such losses help us to correct our errors for the games ahead,” team captain Dickens Otim told this website ahead of the game.

Emma Kato has done enough to ensure Sport-S don’t mourn the departure of Ivan Ongom but will be expected to do more for the Nsambya outfit at this stage.

Before the men’s game, Ndejje Elites and Sport-S ladies will clash in the first game of the ladies’ semis.

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