All set for National Volleyball League Playoffs

Sport-S' Warren Muhangi sets the ball for centre Samuel Engwau /COURTESY PICTURE

VOLLEYBALL All set for National Volleyball League Playoffs

Ndyamuhaki J Emanzi 16:03 - 30.03.2023

The action was launched Thursday and will see six games played each day, from Serie C to Serie A.

The regular season of the National Volleyball League is over, and many teams had their campaign end there.

Teams like six-time league champions Nemostars and seven-time women’s league winners KCB-Nkumba are already on holiday.

But for a select few, real business starts now. It is time for the playoffs, and the fight for silverware starts Saturday at the Old Kampala Arena.

The action was launched Thursday and will see six games played each day, from Serie C to Serie A.

Only the top four teams in each division make the playoffs, and the table leaders face the fourth-placed team while the second plays the third seed.

With the action starting Saturday, the main focus will be on defending champions OBB, who finished third and will face five-time champions KAVC.

The other tie will involve table leaders Sport-S and UCU Doves. This will be a highly-billed clash considering UCU is the only team to have defeated Sport-S in the entire regular season.

The university side also beat Benon Migisha’s team in the final of the Ndejje University Open.

If any team can face Sport-S with confidence, it is UCU.

But the loss will have been a wake-up call for a Sport-S side that went on a 17-game unbeaten run until that 3-1 defeat.

In the women’s top division, it is a question of whether defending champions Ndejje Elites can wither the storm and add a sixth league title to their cabin.

Having lost key players like opposite Moreen Mwamula, setter Jesca Kaidu, and centre blocker Faith Magole to OBB at the start of the season, Ndejje were further depleted by the departure of veteran Christine Alupo midway through the second round.

At the same time, the team lost the services of head coach Ronald Kitosi, who is in Germany for a coaching course.

Sadat Waguma, Kitosi’s assistant, now has Catherine Ainembabazi and Belindah Jepkirui as the go-to players ahead of the clash with KCCA.

The defending champions can never be written off and had to come from a game down to defeat KCCA 2-1 in last year’s semi-finals.

They also bounced back after losing Game One to VVC in the finals and went on to win the best-of-three series 2-1.

The clash in the women’s division will see National Club Championship winners OBB taking on Sport-S.