Thursday, November 30th
Nkumba 3-2 VVC
Sport-S 1-3 Nemo Stars
The Aziz Damani National Volleyball League Finals swerved off yesterday at the MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo with both the Ladies and Men’s category.
Nemo Stars eased past Sport-S in the Men’s Final with a 1-3 victory to take an upper hand with a 1-0 lead in the best of three series Final.
“First of all, we came psychologically more superior as we had beaten them earlier in the course of the year,” started Nemo Stars’ George Aporu in a brief interview with the media after the game.
He added: “Our strategy was to take set one which worked in our favour, though we slipped in the second set, we had to let it pass then regained composure and sailed through afterwards.
“I know Sport-S will come hungrier but we are also going back to polish up and come Saturday, we will take the Championship.”
The first set was equally contested but Nemo Stars managed to clinch it with a 22-25 scoreline, Sport-S retaliated to level matters as they won the second set 25-17.
Nemo Stars pulled up their socks and never looked back, flourishing in the third set with a18-25 victory before sealing the day with a 12-25 fourth set win.
Sport-S remains positive
Despite falling to Nemo Stars, the mood in the Sport-S camp is still up if we are to go with what their Coach and Captain said in a media interview after the game.
Coach Benon Mugisha hinted that his side is going to work on their errors:
“They kept attacking us as our defence was caught unaware but we are going to work on our receiption and see what happens in game 2.
“I believe Nemo are now in a comfort zone, so we need to work on our errors we had in game one and I believe we shall come back stronger.”
Sport-S captain Dickens Otim said: “We only have one day to work on these errors and I think we will come back a better side.
“In 2015, we lost in the finals to Nemo Stars when we had taken a 1-0 lead after the first game, so I believe that you never know, what happened to us back then may haunt them too.”
Nkumba Volleyball Club in Cruise control
Nkumba University managed to take game One against Vision Volleyball Club (VVC) with a 3-2 hard fought victory in the first game of the day.
Falling 28-26 in the first set, the University side cruised in the second set with a 13-25 victory to level the scores 1-1.VVC restored their lead when they took the third set 20-25 but Nkumba fought back in the fourth set to win it with ease 25-14 before clinching the decider 15-9.
“A decisive set can go either way, so i believe they just caught us off guard.
“It’s just that our middle court was was not connecting very well but we have to bring in maturity because this is the Finals,” Josephine Namanda, VVC player said.
Action (Game two) resumes this Saturday, December 2nd at the MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo.