Nemostars 3-0 UCU Doves (25-14, 25-21, 25-09)
UCU Doves received a rough welcome to the table of men in a 3-0 pummeling by Nemostars in their first finals game Wednesday night.
The regular season top seeds were in sixes and sevens and looked out of place through the three sets.
Nemostars were always going to rely on their experience at this stage and they ensured it was a mismatch the entire night.
First, UCU employed the services of a libero for the first time this year having cruised through the season without using one.
The player used as a libero, Junior Kedi, was one of the team’s best centre players but was converted in the finals, that didn’t work.
The team’s problems started from the reception which was awful all night and affected their offence.
Setter Moses Odeke was allover the place chasing after stray second balls with Elia Isiagi, Johnson Rukundo struggling to tame the Nemostars service.
Offensively, only Jonathan Tumukunde could elude the Nemostars block with the middle cut out by the defending champions.
No single UCU player went into the service box with the confidence and composure expected in a final.
They lost many points there and gave their opponents less reception troubles.
For Nemostars, they just know how to show off at the big stage.
Setter Smith Okumu was on top of his game and used his attackers to hurt UCU.
George Aporu, Tom Amou tore on the outside while Wilfred Masaba and Fahad Zungu eased through the middle.
The 4-time champions eased to 25-14, 25-21 and 25-09 set points to send the expectant crowd back home early.
The two sides meet again Saturday in game two with UCU required to win the two remaining games for a first ever league championship.