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Volleyballers lose at AAG
- Updated: September 3, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s first competition at the 10th All Africa Games saw the volleyballers going down to Algeria on Friday but not before they put up a fight of note.
Some reshuffling of schedules only saw the team taking to the court at 11.28pm local time and it was into the next day that they trooped off court, 1.03am to be exact.
They went down 3-1 to Algeria, most people’s favourites to take the title in this code.
The final score was 25-20 25-19 22-25 25-19 to the North African outfit.
Comprising amateur players the South Africans held their own against a team made up of many players who ply their trade in the French leagues.
They were certainly not outclassed, with Clinton Stemmet in particular putting his hand up and if the team had done better in the blocking department it would have been a lot closer.
Next up for South Africa are Nigeria on Saturday, meaning the side won’t even have the luxury of a day’s break.
Earlier in the evening the rest of Team South Africa were treated to a welcome reception by the SA High Commission at the Hotel Avenida in the city.
Welcoming the team, First Secretary Morn├® Marx said: “We’re very excited to have you here and convinced that you’ll do us proud. Have a good time and do your best.”
For his turn SASCOC President Gideon Sam said the team were “on a mission of no return.
“We are a powerhouse of sport in Africa and we no longer want be ranked third or fourth in Africa, we want to be No1.”
The official opening ceremony will be staged on Saturday and the first round of boxing will also get underway the same day.
On Sunday our triathletes are in morning action, followed by the men’s soccer team against host side Mozambique. It’s also expected that the women’s netball will start their campaign against Uganda.