Ndejje, Nkumba take lead
Posted Monday, October 28 2013 at 01:00
Despite struggling to raise a full team, men’s defending champions Nemostars also got the better of Sport-S in the semifinal play-offs opener.
Ndejje Elites and Nkumba are now favourites to make the National Women’s Volleyball League finals after recording victories in Game One of the semifinal play-offs on Saturday.
Defending champions Ndejje Elites welcomed back coach Johnson Kawenyera to their bench as they demolished KCCA 3-0 (25-20, 25-18 and 25-19) at Mubs to take control of the best of three series.
“What happened in the past, I prefer to leave it there because we have a league title to defend and that is what is important,” Kawenyera, who had misunderstandings with his players prior to the game, told Daily Monitor.
Nkumba meanwhile recovered from one set down (25-19) to beat KAVC 3-1 in the other women’s semifinal contest.
In the men’s category, despite struggling to raise a full team prior to the playoffs opener, defending champions Nemostars were still no match for 2011 winners Nkumba Navy. With only six players at the start of the clash, Nemostars relied on Steven Wandera for two-and-a half sets as starter Louis Mugangizi was yet to report.
Wandera frustrated Nkumba with his reception, which eased setter Smith Okumu’s work as Nemostars recorded 25-21 and 25-17 scores in the first two sets.
With Mubangizi reporting for duty, Wandera paved way mid-way the third set, but Nkumba claimed it 25-19. But that was just a blip as Nemostars turned on the style to win the fourth 25-13.
“We were lucky to win today,” said Nemostars coach Anthony Ndawula. Game Two of the men’s series is on Wednesday while the women resume at the weekend.