KAVC snap Nemostars’ 38-match unbeaten run
Posted Monday, October 14 2013 at 00:00
Nkumba Navy to play Nemostars as KAVC meet Sport-S in men’s best of three semifinal play-offs.
Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KVAC) have sent out a clear signal that they are title contenders this year.
Uganda’s oldest club ended champions Nemostars’ unbeaten run as the National Volleyball League regular season climaxed on Saturday at Mubs, Nakawa.
Nemostars had gone 38 games unbeaten and were one victory away from completing this year’s regular season without a loss.
But KAVC gave them a wake-up call, becoming only the third side to take a set from the reigning champions in the league enroute to a 3-1 victory.
“It’s good we have ended their unbeaten run but it’s not the end of the road,” KAVC’s Eric Ogwang said after the final whistle that was greeted by jubilations from the winning side’s fans. “We have to go back to the drawing and strategise for the playoffs.”
KAVC, champions in 2010, will now take on Sport-S in the semifinal play-offs starting October 26 with Nemostars entertaining Nkumba Navy.
After Nemostars dropped the first set 20-25, they expectedly put up a fight and had a chance to force a deuce in the second with scores at 24-23 for KAVC.
But Louis Mubangizi sent his jump serve into the net for KAVC to take a 2-0 sets lead. The champions took the third 25-20 but it’s the closest they came to prevent their first loss in the league since August 2011.
The lethal abilities of Ogwang, Pierre Kamugasha and Joel Endra overwhelmed Nemostars as KAVC powered to a 25-16 win the fourth set. “It’s a wake-up call for us. I must say the team had slackened for the time we have been winning,” said Nemostars captian George Aporu. “This gives us the chance to know what kind of competition will be in the playoffs,” he added.
It was an exciting day for KAVC fans as their team had earlier recovered from two sets down to defeat Nkumba Navy 3-2.
The women’s semifinals will see Ndejje play KCCA and Nkumba up against KAVC.