UZ Wolves bag Volleyball National League title

HARARE - The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Wolves clinched their first ever Zimbabwe Volleyball National League title following a successful round of weekend matches held at Chinhoyi University of Technology (Cut).

The Wolves needed a minimum of five points from two matches to earn themselves their first major title in years.

In accomplishing their quest, Nust Vikings were the first to be trodden upon as they were brushed aside in straight sets.

However, the job was not that simple for the Wolves when it came to Harare City, as the teams fought viciously to earn the points.

The match extended to five sets in a bid to find the winner.

Big numbers were scored in this high quality match that kept spectators on the edge of their seats.

UZ wing spiker, Deadricks Watch and Harare City’s opposite spiker, Mike Mapfumo top scored with 20 points apiece.

Harare City dominated the first set with some great tactical serving and transitional play through the middle, winning the first set 25-13.

UZ Wolves clawed back in the contest after the inclusion of Collen Peters and team captain Tafadzwa Kenny resulting in them leading 22-20 in the second set only to drop the lead and lose the set 23-25.

Even though Harare City seemed like they were going to claim the spoils in the third set as they led 8-2, their hopes were however, thwarted when Wolves claimed a 27-25 victory.

Harare City dominated the fourth set in the same fashion and got to an identical score line of 24-21.

UZ wolves again blocked and defended well to set the stage for a dramatic finish of 26-24.

The decider was like a game of chess as both sides showed efficiency in the side out phases.

Neck to neck, the teams, edged closer to get to the 15 points score line, as UZ Wolves used the momentum to keep themselves in the running though Harare City looked slightly in control.

Points reached went beyond 15 as fans were kept in suspense to who the winner of the set would be.

Some blocks by Peters and Kenny proved crucial for the Wolves as they got to a vital match point.

A dig by Libero Dylan Kazembe gave UZ Wolves a chance to play their reliable go-to attacker Watch who made no mistake by tooling the block to hand the Wolves a nerve-wracking victory.


 

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