CHAMPIONS CUP 2017 – FINAL DAY

 

 

 

 

FINAL DAY (April 30)

ALL THE RESULTS: Women

GOLD Kamplits  (Limpopo)
SILVER Vaal University of Technology  (Gauteng)
BRONZE University of Western Cape
4th Quantum  (Gauteng)

 

INDIVIDUAL SPECIAL AWARDS

AWARD PLAYERS’ NAMES CLUB
BEST SETTER Sina Rakumakwe Kamplits
BEST ATTACKER Tebogo Sejewe Kamplits
BEST BLOCKER Palesa Makofane Vaal University of Technology
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Karabo Molefa Vaal University of Technology

 

ALL THE RESULTS: Men

GOLD Uni Jozi (UJ)  (Gauteng)
SILVER Kamplits  (Limpopo)
BRONZE Vaal University of Technology  (Gauteng)
4th University of Western Cape

 

INDIVIDUAL SPECIAL AWARDS

AWARD PLAYERS’ NAMES CLUB
BEST SETTER Jeremy Sunker Uni Jozi (UJ)
BEST ATTACKER Keifer Govender Uni Jozi (UJ)
BEST BLOCKER Jonas Mathobi Kamplits (UJ)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Martin Zulu Uni Jozi (UJ)

 

Donovan Nair

VSA Media 072 372 2283

CHAMPIONS CUP 2017 – DAY 3

DAY 3

It was a sad Day 3 of the Champions Cup for host province Kwa  Zulu Natal as none of its nine (9) men’s teams or its two (2) women’s teams could get into the semi final stage and work their way to reach the podium as medallists.

However KZN’s best performers were its men’s teams: Liberte, UKZN and DUT who exited the tournament in the quarter final stage. VUT beat Liberte (3-1) while UKZN and DUT were edged out by Kamplits and Uni Jozi (UJ) by the same margin.

In the Kamplits versus Quantum women’s  semi final clash the former proved to be too strong for the latter as they wrapped up the match in straight sets (3-0) (25-7; 25-21; 25-14) to book their place in the final for the first time.

It was sweet revenge in the semi final match between defending champions UWC and VUT, last year’s silver medallists when the Gauteng lasses pulled out  all the stops to win a hard fought 3-2 win ( 25-22; 19-25; 18-25; 25-19; 15-7). VUT will meet Limpopo’s Kamplits in Sunday’s televised final.

The men’s semi final encounters had all the trappings of a final. UJ triumphed over UWC, the 2016 silver medallists in straight sets (3-0) (25-18; 25-20; 25-17) while Kamplits and VUT had the crowd on their feet with their lethal offensive play and power blocking at the net.

When VUT won the opening set by a 25-18 score line it seemed that the students will go all the way to close proceedings to square up against UJ in the final. However Kamplits had other plans as their persistence at challenging their opponents at the net paid off with a well deserved (18-25; 25-16; 25-23; 25-21) victory.

Day 4 fixtures kick off at 10:00 with the men and women’s 3rd/4th playoff followed by the women’s final between the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and Kamplits of Limpopo at 12:00.

It will be a 2pm start for the men’s final between Uni Jozi (UJ)and Kamplits.

Donovan Nair

VSA Media Director 072 372 2283

CHAMPIONS CUP 2017 – DAY 3

DAY 3

It was a sad Day 3 of the Champions Cup for host province Kwa  Zulu Natal as none of its nine (9) men’s teams or its two (2) women’s teams could get into the semi final stage and work their way to reach the podium as medallists.

However KZN’s best performers were its men’s teams: Liberte, UKZN and DUT who exited the tournament in the quarter final stage. VUT beat Liberte (3-1) while UKZN and DUT were edged out by Kamplits and Uni Jozi (UJ) by the same margin.

In the Kamplits versus Quantum women’s  semi final clash the former proved to be too strong for the latter as they wrapped up the match in straight sets (3-0) (25-7; 25-21; 25-14) to book their place in the final for the first time.

It was sweet revenge in the semi final match between defending champions UWC and VUT, last year’s silver medallists when the Gauteng lasses pulled out  all the stops to win a hard fought 3-2 win ( 25-22; 19-25; 18-25; 25-19; 15-7). VUT will meet Limpopo’s Kamplits in Sunday’s televised final.

The men’s semi final encounters had all the trappings of a final. UJ triumphed over UWC, the 2016 silver medallists in straight sets (3-0) (25-18; 25-20; 25-17) while Kamplits and VUT had the crowd on their feet with their lethal offensive play and power blocking at the net.

When VUT won the opening set by a 25-18 score line it seemed that the students will go all the way to close proceedings to square up against UJ in the final. However Kamplits had other plans as their persistence at challenging their opponents at the net paid off with a well deserved (18-25; 25-16; 25-23; 25-21) victory.

Day 4 fixtures kick off at 10:00 with the men and women’s 3rd/4th playoff followed by the women’s final between the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and Kamplits of Limpopo at 12:00.

It will be a 2pm start for the men’s final between Uni Jozi (UJ)and Kamplits.

Donovan Nair

VSA Media Director 072 372 2283

CHAMPIONS CUP 2017 – DAY 2

Day 2

The race to get into the second round of the Champions Cup created great excitement among the fans as their favourite teams threw caution to the wind to make into the top two positions of their respective groups  on Day 2 of the Champions Cup at UKZN’s Westville Campus Sports Centre .

Defending men’s champions, Liberte of KZN were made to fight all the way to scrape a hard fought 3-1 win (25-22; 25-23; 21-25; 26-24) against KZN’s minnows, Falcons. The win puts Liberte in second position in Group A.

In Group B, university teams VUT and DUT have booked their places in the knock out stage.

Groups  C and D teams viz. UKZN and All Star Saints and UWC and Kamplits will join their counterparts from groups A and B in a hotly contested Knock Out stage.

In the women’s round robin stage defending champions UWC  blasted their way past their opponents , PMB VC and Quantum in straight sets (3-0) to set up a semi final encounter against last year’s silver medallists, VUT .

Kamplits of Limpopo, the dark horses of the tournament will square up against Quantum of Johannesburg in a semi final clash that is expected to attract a huge following at the venue.

Quantum’s coach, Size Vardhan will have to beef up his defence at the net to subdue Kamplits’quick hitting power attackers to make it into the televised final on Sunday.

Donovan Nair

VSA Media Director

072 372 2283

CHAMPIONS CUP 2017 – DAY 1

Day 1 (27 April 2017)

Volleyball South Africa’s (VSA) premier national inter club championship for men and women,’ The Champions Cup’ got underway on Freedom Day with out a hitch at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal’s Westville Campus Sports Centre.

The Champions Cup billed as a gateway tournament for African zonal and continental championships attracted the country’s top 15 men’s teams and 7 top women’s teams each claiming their own bragging rights that had their fans salivating before the event started.

In the women’s Pool A, newcomers PMBVC ended up as the pool’s whipping girls as they succumbed to back to back defeats to the University of Western Cape (UWC) and Johannesburg based Quantum.

Kamplits of Limpopo were the toast of Pool B when they recorded straight sets wins (3-0) against the tournament’s 2016 silver medallists, theVaal University of Technology (VUT) and the University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN) to occupy  pole position on the opening day of the national showpiece.

Defending men’s champions, Liberte of KZN suffered an early set back when they were out gunned by a fired up Uni Jozi (UJ 0f Gauteng) by 3 sets to 1. With UJ’s win against KZN’s Falcons the former became POOL  A’s top team.

With straight sets wins (3-0) against PMB VC and Durban University of Technology (DUT) , the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) are poised to head Pool B.

The University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN) and Capetonians, All Star Saints are favoured to proceed to the knock out stage while UWC and Limpopo’s Kamplits are tipped to head Pool D.

Donovan Nair

Volleyball South Africa Media Director

CHAMPIONS CUP 2017

Volleyball South Africa (VSA) hosts “The Champions Cup” its flagship national inter club championship for men and women from 26 to 30 April at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal’s Westville Campus Sports Centre.

Matches are played from 9:00 to 21:00 daily. The women and men’s finals are scheduled for Sunday at 13:00 and 15:00 respectively.

There is no entrance charge for spectators.

teams participating in the championship are:

Men’s teams: Liberte ; Durban University of Technology ; University of Kwa Zulu Natal ; Maidstone; Titans ; KSST ; Falcons ; PMBVC ; Kuvuki (all KZN); University of Western Cape; All Star Saints (W.Cape); University of Johannesburg; Vaal University of Technology; SMU (Gauteng); Kamplits (Limpopo); VW (E,Cape)

Women’s teams: University of Kwa Zulu Natal and PMBVC (KZN); University of Western Cape (W.Cape); Kamplits (Limpopo);  Vaal University of Technology; Quantum and Set to Kill (Gauteng)

The top two teams from both genders qualify for the African Continental Club Championship scheduled for later this year.

For further information Donovan Nair can be contacted on 072 372 2283 or

email  donovan.nair@gmail.com

Thank You

Donovan Nair

Volleyball South Africa Media 072 372 2283

CHAMPIONS CUP 2017

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS  LIBERTE  IS SET TO FACE STIFF OPPOSITION

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When the Eastern Cape withdrew as the host of the 2017 Champions Cup, Volleyball South Africa’s premier national inter club championship for men and women, Kwa Zulu Natal seized the opportunity to afford their teams “home turf” advantage for the national showpiece. Representing KZN at this year’s event scheduled to be hosted at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal’s Westville Campus Sports Centre from 26 to 30 April are Liberte, Durban University of Technology (DUT), UKZN, Maidstone, Titans, KSST, Falcons, PMBVC and Kuvuki (men) and UKZN and PMBVC (women).

As the hosts of the 2016 Champions Cup KZN’s leading men’s team from Tongaat, Liberte defeated Quantum of Johannesburg in a breath taking five set final (21-25; 25-15; 25-23; 24-26; 15-11) at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal. This was the second time a team from KZN lifted the coveted Champions Cup silverware since its inception in 2000 when Liberte ascended the podium as the tournament’s inaugural gold medallists.

While there’s every indication that Liberte will be among the medallists their gold medal position is under serious threat from the Western Cape outfits, the University of Western Cape (UWC) and the youthful   All Star Saints. According to UWC head coach, Loet Groenewald his charges have been hard at training to seek revenge against Liberte for their five set (17-25; 26-24; 25-19; 20-25; 15-12) quarter final defeat at last year’s event in Durban.

“We have beefed up  our defence at the net and worked on quick hitting strategies to pulverise our opponents on the way to the podium as this year’s winners,”said Groenewald.

The slick Vaal University of Technology’s (VUT) men’s team coached by Teboho Mofokeng a former SA Men’s team assistant coach have made their intentions quite clear that its “their time” to walk away with the Champions Cup title for the first.

” I will be counting on SA under 23 national team setter, Khutso Mamabolo to turn on the  magic with his trade mark sublime setting that will fire up VUT’s attack force led by the hard hitting left handed Mthokozisi Mndingi while our new signing from Botswana, Nkhwinya Nelson will take care of matters at the net. The tall middle blocker is a regular in the Botswana national team.  Unfazed by the inter provincial rivalry, the 2016 bronze medallists DUT led by their classy playmaker, Sholen Govender will be a team to be reckoned with as they have the experience , quality and depth on the bench to win gold at this level of competition.

This year’s women’s competition will once again be a two team contest between the star studded University of Western Cape (UWC) and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). UWC are confident that they will triumph over their Gauteng counterpart whom they defeated in straight sets (3-0) in last year’s final.

The competitions top two teams in the men’s and women’s categories will book their place in the African Continental Inter Club Championship scheduled for later in the year.

By Donovan Nair

KZN HOSTS 2017 CHAMPIONS CUP AT UKZN

Kwa Zulu Natal were given the nod to host this year’s Champions Cup, Volleyball South Africa’s (VSA) national inter club championship for men and women when the Eastern Cape failed to secure a suitable playing venue for the country’s prestigious  event.

VSA’s flagship event, the Champions Cup  will be hosted at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal’s Westville Campus Sports Centre from 26 to 30 April and entry to the venue is free for the public. Representing KZN are: Liberte, DUT, UKZN, Maidstone, Titans, KSST, Falcons, PMBVC, Kuvuki (men) and UKZN and PMBVC in the women’s category.

Hosted annually to determine the country’s top two teams in both genders for African Continental competition the event is open to the country’s top sixteen men’s teams and the top eight in the women’s category. With television coverage for both the semi finals and the finals the fans can be assured of scintillating action packed contests as the teams pull out all the stops to head for the podium as medallists.

Having triumphed in a five set thriller (21-25; 25-15; 25-23; 24-26; 15-11), over Johannesburg based Quantum at the UKZN’s Sports Centre in last year’s final of the Champions Cup, Tongaat’s Liberte  are poised to win a back to back final at this year’s final.

The Western Cape seasoned campaigners at this level of competition, The University of Western Cape (UWC) and All Star Saints have beefed up their respective teams and have warned their opponents that the coveted national silverware will be heading “back home”. The Western Cape teams have won the national competition the most number of times with Gauteng notching up a few wins . Liberte are the only KZN team to win the Champions Cup twice (2000 and 2016) since the inception of the event in 2000.

In the women’s competition favourites the star studded University of Western Cape (UWC) are tipped to win the event for the second time in a row. Challengers the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) have a huge task ahead of them to topple the favourites on their way to the podium.

Donovan Nair

Volleyball South Africa Media

072 372 2283

ZONE V1 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – SWAKOPMUND- NAMIBIA

LADIES’ SEMI FINAL

UWC vs Mafolofolo

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After having won all their Pool matches UWC went on to defeat Revivals Volleyball Club of Namibia in the Ladies’ quarter final. They defeated their hosts in 3 straight sets and were destined to take on defending champions Mafolofolo in the second semi final of the day.

Mafolofolo of Botswana proved to be too much for UWC and they succumbed to them in 3 straight sets. Semi Final result: UWC vs MAF, 16-25, 19-25, 12-25.

UWC will take on Support Unit of Zimbabwe in the 3/4 positional playoff at 12:00 on 17 December 2016 at the Dome.

LEVEL I VSA COACHES COURSE FOR EDUCATORS IN UMTATA

Educators in the O.R.Tambo Municipality in Umtata, Eastern Cape will be afforded the opportunity of being empowered with the latest coaching skills when VSA’s Schools’ Volleyball Directorate hosts a VSA Level 1 coaches workshop on 8-9 December 2016 in Umtata.

The VSA level 1 coaches course is a prerequisite for those intending to enrol for the gruelling FIVB Level 1 coaches course.

 

Thirty (30) educator “coaches” will be put through their paces in the two (2) day LTPD focused workshop by Size Vardhan, VSA’s Technical Director.

With educators increasingly becoming the focus of Schools’ Volleyball Directorate’s programme of empowerment it is envisaged that the educator- coaches will work closely with both Volleyball South Africa’s Schools’ Volleyball and Development Directorates respectively in spreading the sport far and wide in our vast country.

 

For more information contact:

Deva Moodliar, Schools’ Volleyball Director on 082 770 3960

Michael Makhubela, Secretary General on 072 458 6530

 

Donovan Nair

VSA Media 072 372 2283

 

 

 

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