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- Updated: July 29, 2011
Tongaat’s Watsonia announced their return to top flight volleyball when they edged out favourites the Western Cape Sports School (WSCC) in the women’s final of Volleyball South Africa’s VSA Cup, a second tier national inter-club championship for men and women.
Staged at the Tongaat Sports Centre over the weekend, Donovan Nair reports that the final attracted large number of fans who joined in the action with thunderous applause every time the home side won a point.
Taking advantage of the home fans’ support Watsonia’s Unity Lushozi, Cynthia Ndzaba and Siyathokoza Khoza combined well with playmaker, Kimberley Nambiar to post a well deserved 25-22 win in the opening set.
When WCSS coach, Elamien Cloete rang the changes, star attacker Christin Delcame was given the lion’s share of the attack in their attempts to level matters and stamp their authority on the final. Delcame did not disappoint as she powered her way past the Watsonia blockers to register a 25-17 score line.
In the third set WCSS’s lanky middle blocker, Naseema Callaghan’s presence at the net posed a few problems for the home side. In their haste to quickly pass Callaghan’s huge block, Watsonia sacrificed control for power. With fatigue setting in, the frequency of quality attacks fell below par and Watsonia were staring at defeat when the scores reached 21-11 in WCSS’s favour. Watsonia’s efforts to get back into contention were dashed when Delcame fired a series of ‘bullets’ to clinch victory with a 25-18 score line.
Watsonia’s well laid plans to stop WCSS dead in their tracks began to materalise midway through the┬á ‘do or die’ fourth set. Coach Kershen Pillay’s charges went on to capitalise on WCSS’s lean spell by taking a 18-16 lead. A tigerish performance from prolific attackers Unity Lushozi and Cynthia Ndzaba put the set beyond the reach of WCSS when the duo closed proceedings with a 25-21 margin to level the scores at 2-2.
The hard fought encounter that ensued in the deciding fifth set thrilled and entertained the partisan crowd who backed their team all the way. With the match poised on a knife’s edge at 11-11, the attackers became far more cautious, choosing the perfect set to unleash a power hit. When setter Nambiar turned to Ndzaba the latter was quick to respond with her trade mark power attack to clinch victory with a heart stopping 15-13 win to lift the coveted silverware.
In an all-KZN men’s final Stanger youngsters KSST dashed Falcons of Port Shepstone’s hopes of reaching the podium as gold medallists when the former posted a 3-1 victory to become national second tier club champions.
Despite Falcons’ morale boosting 25-22 first set win, they went on to slump to a humiliating 25-9 defeat in the second set. The closely contested third set gave a glimmer of hope to the South Coast team of an upset victory. However, KSST’s star attackers, Lionel Jali (MVP) and Cameron Singh (Best Attacker) put the encounter beyond the reach of Falcons with a┬á 25-21 25-13 win.
Final Log Positions
Men: 1 KSST, 2 Falcons, 3 Phoenix
Women: Watsonia, 2 Western Cape Sports School, Durban University of Technology
INDIVIDUAL SPECIAL AWARDS
Best Setter: Sherwin Daniels (KSST)
Best Attacker: Cameron Singh (KSST)
Best Blocker: Damien Peters (KSST)
MVP: Lionel Jali (KSST)
Best Setter: Kimberley Nambiar (Watsonia)
Best Attacker: Christin Delcarme (WCSS)
Best Blocker: Naseemah Callaghan (WCSS)
MVP: Unity Lushozi (Watsonia)