UZ Wolves underline dominance

University of Zimbabwe Wolves underpinned their dominance in local varsity games after both the women and men teams romped to victory at the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (Zusa) Games held at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo over the weekend.

In a show of class, both sides proved too powerful for their opponents winning the 2019 edition without losing any set and making it the third time for either side to lift the Zusa championships.
The UZ SheWolves lost the Zusa games in 2010 and 2014 since the tournament inception in 2001 while their male counterparts failed to put their hands on the trophy between 2011 and 2016.

The Egypt-bound men’s team for the continental championships where they will be representing Zimbabwe and southern Africa at the end of the month made light work of Bindura University of Science and Education beating them 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-14)  in the final. 
UZ Wolves men leave for Egypt on March 29, for the Confederation of African Volleyball Club (Cavb) Championships. 

She-Wolves fresh from winning the Harare Volleyball Association Volleyball Open Tournament at their backyard UZ a fortnight ago accounted for Midlands State University 25-14, 25-16, 25-14 in a one-sided final. 

UZ manager Norest Matambanadzo, at 25, who is the youngest volleyball manager in both HVA and Zimbabwe Volleyball Association league’s said he is inspired by his teams’ dominance on the courts.
 “I’m glad to witness a tremendous growth of volleyball in institutions of higher learning. Zusa 2019 edition marked a historical and momentous event for UZ Volleyball.

The University of Zimbabwe Volleyball, popularly known as the “Wolves” displayed commendable and astronomic levels of discipline on and off the court, which remains the dream of any other sporting discipline,” Matambanadzo told the Daily News yesterday.  

“With regards to the much-awaited highly-esteemed Cavb Club Championships, I’m impressed with the standard shown by the team (men). It remains a monumental task to give a prediction of how we are going to perform but I’m confident with the frantic efforts of the technical team, players and the administration at large.

People were expecting a good show from Washington Kakuyu who destroyed Great Zimbabwe University boys in the semi-finals but the crowd was silenced by the stuff blocks from Tafadzwa Keni and Shammah Muneta.” 

“It was an interesting ladies final in which MSU ladies tried their best but we managed to contain them with excellent attacks and serves by Trish Gadza,” Matambanadzo added. 

“UZ Wolves men and ladies technical team shocked the crowd by assigning new roles to players. Gadza who was the libero for the past two years in her appearances in College and Club games, was converted to a power hitter. For men’s team, Kudakwashe Kondo who is known as an underdog centre blocker played the whole tourney as a setter.”

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