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UWC and UJ set up Champions Cup final

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The classy University of Western Cape’s (UWC) men’s volleyball team accelerated their march to the podium as Champions Cup’s gold medallists by effortlessly brushing aside challenges from All Stars Saints in straights sets in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.
UWC won 25-19 25-20 25-11 in an all Cape semi-final encounter.
Take nothing away from All Star Saints who entered the clash against the tournament favourites on a mission to annihilate them, while UWC raised their eye brows to widen their vision on their opponents’ approach to unsettle them.
Saints’s plan would have come to fruition had it not been for UWC’s strength at the net to contain All Star Saints’ big hitters and simultaneously unleash their attackers to put quick points on the board.
With a 25-19 25-20 scoreline in sets one and two safely under their belt, UWC went on to unleash their venom on the over-taxed Saints’ blockers which yielded the defending champions a resounding 25-11 third set victory.
It was a sad day for the home province as the Durban University of Technology (DUT), their only hope of lifting the elusive Champions Cup silverware this time round let their semi-final match against the University of Johannesburg (UJ) slip through their fingers when they went down 25-23 25-23 25-22.
While it was most evident that DUT’s prolific attacker Jamine Naidoo, while in sparkling form, could not individually crush UJ into oblivion. He needed others in his team to play a greater supporting role to reach the finals.
With ‘lady-luck’ turning her back on the home side UJ were quick to capitalise on the opportunity and sneak in  with a heart stopping 25-23 25-23 score in the first two sets.
The blistering pace of the crucial third set brought on loud cheering from the fans who applauded every successful attack and block that kept the score board ticking.
With a morale-boosting two sets to love lead it was only a matter of time for UJ to wrap proceedings with a nail biting 25-22 margin.
UWC and UJ will now contest the men’s final on Saturday afternoon at UKZN’s Westville Campus Sports Centre.


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