- But loses to BDF VI
Kutlwano men’s team continued its quest to push for a better position in the Mascom Volleyball League with an impressive 3-2(14-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-21, and 15-10) victory over Kalavango (KVC) in a tightly contested match played over the weekend at Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences indoor courts.
Kutlwano otherwise known as ‘Big House’, went into the match sitting on the seventh position while Kalavango occupied position two. The encounter started as expected, on a highly mode with both teams showing serious intentions to win; it was after all a classic clash of the titans. The two sides played at full speed with fast and powerful attacks. Phemelo Lekoko and Steven Riaze inspired Kalavango to a 25-14 first set win with Big House as Kutlwano is known, struggling to combine well to defend and send powerful attacks.
In the second set Kutlwano looked to steal the game as they earned crucial points to make sure that KVC do not open a gap of more than 2 points. Kalavango eventually closed the gap and at a certain point, had the game set locked at three all, five all. However, Kalavango, looking the more disciplined on the day, continued its dominance and even led 10-7 at some point. The 10-7 KVC lead forced Kutlwano to up their game and earned some points to decrease the deficit to 15-14. However, it was Kalavango who wanted the set more as they edged their opponents 25-22 to take a 2 nil lead.
Going into the third set, Kutlwano took the bull by its horns. Early dominance saw them (Kutlwano) at one point leading 9-4. It was a tightly contested set as KVC twice pushed harder to level the score at 15-15 and 22-22. However, the likes of Libion Machae, Bongani Ipeleng and teammates produced a superb performance to inspire Big House to a 26-24 set win.
Kutlwano went on to dominate the fourth set and raked in an easy 25-21 to force a deciding set which they went on to win 15-10 to register their second win of the season.
Speaking in a post-match interview with Global Sport, a thrilled Kutlwano coach Isaac Samuel, said he was impressed with the performance of his charges. “I’m very pleased with their performance; when we were down 2-0, they didn’t give up, they kept on fighting which is a good thing because as a big team you should never show your opponents that they are dominating,” he noted. “You fight until the last ball. We lost the first two sets because we were trying something new, when we were preparing this week, we were working on counter attacks such that we play fast balls but we realized it was not working for us so in the 3rd set we switched to normal volleyball and we triumphed because they (Kalavango) could not adjust to the play.”
Kalavango gaffer Kabelo Marumo seemed satisfied with his team’s performance. “We played well; we are not a big team so as a growing team, winning 2 sets from Kutlwano is a huge achievement. We started very well but lost the game in set three, when we were supposed to make it 3-0. We allowed them into the game by failing to win the fourth set and that brought pressure on us so as an experienced team, they capitalized on that and forced for a decider,” he stated. “All I can say is the boys did very well, they showed character and we are coming up well to fight these so called big clubs and I believe we are on the right track.”
But Kutlwano hit a bump following their triumph against KVC, losing 3-1 to BDF VI killing off their hopes of leapfrogging into the top four bracket of the league log this past weekend. Kalavango redeemed themselves, sweeping past minnows Desert Kings 3-0. BDF created more destruction beating Desert Kings 3-0. In the ladies section, Kalavango survived a scare beating youthful Dynamites 3-2.
In other games played at Otse Police College, Spiking Stars defeated Prisons 3-1, Police walloped Yaros Olympic Club 3-1, while Yaros went on to beat Spiking Stars 3-0. Police registered a 3-0 victory over Prisons.