Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Police VI three points and a heartbeat away from historic title

Police VI men volleyball club dug deep to beat BDF VI 3 -2 and keep their dreams of winning the club’s first ever league title alive.

The win over BDF VI means Police VI are now a mere three points away from a historic title win. 

In a load shedding disrupted match played at the Lobatse sports complex on Saturday, the Cops had to come from behind once before being forced into a tie breaker by a determined BDF VI.

Knowing the importance of a win in their title chase, it was Police who started the brightest against BDF on Saturday.

The Cops made their intent to win straight from the first whistle, hitting their army rivals for four straight points AS they were still trying to find their feet. 

The onslaught forced BDF VI into making a raft of early substitutions as they sought to stem the maroon Police VI tide. 

It was a move that paid dividends as the army boys then staged a commendable fight back, with centre blocker Kesaobaka Lenkopane and Berger Baruti combining to smolder Police VI attacks and lead their team to win the first set 25 ÔÇô 20. 

Police then staged their own fight back through lanky attacker Alec Engleton and Happy Ribbin, who led the way as the cops won the second and third set 27 ÔÇô 25 and 25 ÔÇô 20 respectively to lead the match 2 ÔÇô 1.

The cops were however pegged back again by a spirited fight back from BDF VI who won the fourth set 25 ÔÇô 22 to level scores at 2 ÔÇô 2 and take the game to a decider.

Police then wrapped up the match in the deciding fifth set, winning it 15 ÔÇô 11to get their title aspirations within their grasp.  

Commenting on the match, Police VI Coach Shimaka Ngwanaotsile expressed happiness with his team’s overall performance despite being taken to a decider by their spirited rivals.

“My boys fought like warriors and I am happy with the results. We are now just on the edge of winning the league,” Ngwanaotsile said.

“We started well but we got over excited and lost focus. That is why BDF gave us a hard time in the first and fourth sets. However, our main aim was to win the match and we won,” the Police VI gaffer said.

Asked whether they are feeling any pressure ahead of their all important last two games, Ngwanaotsile had this to say; “We are not feeling any pressure at the moment because we only need one win then we wrap up the league and we are going to work much on the mistakes that we did in our last game. We need to improve our passing, blocking and service techniques so that we don’t struggle as we did in our previous games.”

Police VI’s next challenge in the title race will see them face Kalavango in their penultimate game before playing bitter rivals and close title challengers Kutlwano in their last game.

Meanwhile, Kutlwano’s title challenge was dealt a debilitating blow this past weekend as they lost 2 ÔÇô 3 to the youthful Dynamites Volleyball club.

The loss dimmed the defending champions’ bid to successfully reclaim the title they won last season. 

In the ladies title race, log leaders Mafolofolo continued their quest to win the league after brushing aside Kalavango and Magstimela 3-0 respectively in Serowe on Saturday.


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