Police Tame Kutlwano

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Masom Volleyball League giants, Kutlwano, were left licking wounds on November 1 after on song Police VI came from two sets down to stun them with a 3-2 victory in a breath-taking encounter at Otse Police College.

From the first two sets, Kutlwano seemed destined for any easy win as Police were disjointed. Kutlwano won the first set 25-19 and took control of the match with a 25-18 second set win.

However, things changed in the third set as the encounter, which was expected to be a see-saw between the two giants, lived up to expectations with Police rising to the occasion to halt Kutlwano dominance. Police brought in Alec Engleton for Boitumelo Setlhomo to strengthen its blocks and attack which Kutlwano had mastered to contain in the first two sets.

Eventually, the move appeared to be what Police XI needed the most as they won the third set 25-23.

In the fourth set, Police introduced Mompati Mere for Ofentse Mabikwa who brought stability to the team which had struggled to contain Kutlwano attacks lead by the likes of Shadrack Kapeko and Tabaka Mothudi.

Police won the fourth set 25-20 to send the game into the deciding set which they ultimately won 15-13 after a tough contest.

In a post-match interview, Kutlwano coach Isaac Samuel said despite the loss, he was satisfied with his team’s overall performance. However, he faulted his players’ mental strength saying after taking the two sets lead, they became complacent and allowed Police to come back into the game.

Samuel, whose next assignment is against army side, BDF VI said he would work on his blocks, service sets and attacks to prepare for another tough upcoming battle.

Police VI coach Shimaka Ngwanaamotho on the other hand was also impressed with his side’s performance despite failing to train with his side for most part of the week due to other commitments. However, he said in the first half they were let down by poor settings and blocks, adding that they managed to fix the problem during the game.

In other games at Otse Police College, Kutlwano earlier had an easy game beating Desert Kings 3-0, while Itekeng suffered a 3-1 defeat to Mafolofolo and a 3-0 defeat to Prisons.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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