Volleyball: Nemostars Finally off the Mark

Saturday, September 17
*KAVC-A 3-0 Tigers
(25-23, 25-23, 26-24)
*Women: VVC 3-2 Espoir
(18-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 15-08)
(25-17, 25-18, 25-23)
*KCCA 2-3 Nemo
(25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25, 13-15)

Sunday, September 18
*Sport-S Vs OBB (Women) – 12pm
*Ndejje Vs Sky – 2pm
*UCU vs Tigers – 4pm

Nemostars claimed a hard fought win against Kampala Capital City Authority for their first win of the new season of the National Volleyball League at the old Kampala Arena.

The Nemos won a dramatic tiebreaker after KCCA failed to defend their four points lead in the decider.

It’s a huge sigh of relief for Nemo who lost their opener to Ndejje at Lugogo last weekend.

At the start of the game, Nemostars fielded four new signings – Kigozi Jonathan, Ecil Esau, Deo Anguria and Umbeto Tony who are yet to mark their positions on the team, and this cost them a set.

To explain what seemed like a technical blunder, Coach Andrew Okapis backed his decision saying it was an attempt to choose a reliable alternative among the four.

“The new players are trying to settle in, it takes a process but that’s the nature of the game. I was trying to create and see which player can give me the best alternative and the team settled as we progressed,” Okapis said after the game.

Fully-blown setter Smith Okumu, middle blocker Fahad Zungu and Bernard Malinga were later introduced in the second set and their presence on the court was felt as Nemo took the set 23-25.

Nemostars coach Andrew Okapis

Coach Okapis agrees with critics that his side is struggling and they will need to come up with a quick fix if they are to pose any threat this season.

“For a fact we are struggling and we need to organize ourselves internally. The team is going through a transition where you have new players with a blend of old players and the latter can not deliver 100% as it was initially.” Okapis added.

Heated moments were visible in the third set as Okumu got frustrated by his lot who were trailing by three points but still didn’t show remorse.

He later got substituted to return Moses Odeke to the supplier role, a decision that didn’t yield any results as well as KCCA ran away with the set 25-15.

KCCA failed to sustain a six-point lead in set four and eventually lost it by four points to Nemostars, sending both sides into a tiebreaker, (25-21).

KCCA started the decider in full control doubling their opponent’s score before a dramatic turn of events that saw Nemo close in to level at 8-up and win the game finally by a whisker.

Nemo has a big match ahead of them as they will be playing nemesis Sport-S on 12th October but Okapis believes the fixture gives him time to organize his charges for the clash.



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