BDF Vi Cruise Past Kutlwano

| April 13, 2015

BDF VI men opened their Mascom Volleyball League campaign with a 3-2 victory over defending champions, Kutlwano, at Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences hall on April 11.

The win ensured that the army men landed an early aantage against their arch rivals in what is expected to be a tough championship race.

Neither team was able to impose clear dominance of a see-saw battle that lasted well over two hours. However, BDF VI setter Kesaobaka Lenkopane combined well with attackers Theko Baruti and Oaitse Mothibi to help their team grab the first set 25-19.

On the other hand, middle blocker Tiroyaone Otimile, setter Tjiyapo Madeluka and captain Shadrack Kapeko rose their game in the second set to haul Kutlwano back into contention with an emphatic attacking performance which saw them win the set 25-17.

BDF VI came back with more aggression and opened a five-point lead midway through the third set, but Kutlwano staged a rousing fight-back to take a lead 24-23. When Madeluka sent a poor service ball wide, BDF VI took aantage of the let-off to wrap the set 27-25 and regain their lead.

Kapeko inspired Kutlwano’s fight-back with some brilliant hitting that helped his team to win the fourth set 30-28. However, BDF VI held their nerve to take the deciding set 15-13 with Kabo Moetse hitting their match winner.

BDF VI coach Selebatso Mabutho said though he had new players in his team, they were not intimidated by the occasion.

“I told the players not to be frightened by Kutlwano and focus on playing our game. They did just that and we managed to beat them,” Mabutho said.

He said the victory was significant because the team that did well in clashes involving the big four of BDF VI, Kutlwano, Diphatsa, and Police VI usually won the league. Kutlwano coach Isaac Samuel said his charges lost the game on the service.

He however dismissed the defeat as a minor hiccup and said his team would defend its title. Meanwhile, Police VI went to the top of the league after outclassing Mag Stimela 3-0 in the first match. In the women’s games, Mafolofolo fought back from two sets down to beat Kalavango 3-2, while Spiking Stars defeated Mag Stimela 3-2.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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