Losing a game in the NSSF Volleyball League was never the part of the script reigning champions Nemostars wrote at the beginning of the 2014 season.
Last weekend Sport-S gave Nemostars a rude awakening, beating them 3-1 as the regular season gets to the final stretch. And yesterday, they lost their second game in a row, when UCU Doves defeated them 3-2 at the Mubs grounds.
‘We played poorly, made the same mistakes we made against Sport-S but we are going to rectify them as we head into the playoffs.
Sport-S’ stand in coach Amos Mpunga however did not beleive Nemostars played their best game. “Honestly speaking, Nemostars didn’t give their best today.
We came prepared because we knew the side we were going to face was good, but they just kept on making mistakes in critical moments and we capitalised,” he added.
Against Sport-S, Nemostars missed Tom Amou who is away in Tanzania, Louis Mubangizi came late, but Sport-S also didn’t have Andrew Wandera (injury) and Warren Muhangi (suspension).
It was Ivan Ongom, Allan Karashan and Dickens Otim who took advantage of Nemostars’ absent block and poor court defense.
Sport-S took an early comfortable lead registering 27-25 wins in both the first and second set.
In the process, Ongom, Otim, and Karashan all blocking Nemostars’ George Aporu with so much ease.
Mubangizi made it in time for the third set, Nemostars bounced back to make it 25-19 but that’s the closest they got to making a comeback.
Without Amou, Nemostars’ coach Anthony Ndawula kept on switching Anthony Oleuko and Fahad Zungu in position four.
In the fourth Sport-S chased a 11-15 deficit to make it 20 all, deuce again had to separate the two sides. It was all about Otim and Ogom as the left handed duo again rose to the occasion with their lethal attacks from allover the park.
The latter also helping out on court cover with Stephen Oguti.
Sport-S eventually won the deuce battle 33-31.
“Sometimes you need to lose games, It’s a good wakeup call,” said Ndawula.
“But we need to get used to playing without our key players, today we missed Amou, doctor (Mubangizi) came late, others needed to taste the waters,” he added.
Nemostars still lead the t10 team log with 43 points, 15 wins out of 17 outings, Sport-S are in second place on 39 points in 15 outings
In the women’s category Vision Volleyball Camp (VVC) defeated Nkumba University 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-15).