Wolves too dominant, win NBS invitational

Wolves

Wolves cemented their claim as Malawi's best women's volleyball team when they defeated Kamuzu Barracks in straight sets (3-0) to be crowned the inaugural NBS Bank invitational tournament champions.

Thirteen teams showed up for the three-day tournament organised by the Central Region Volleyball League (CRVL) at the BNS courts and ABC Blue Gym in Malawi's capital Lilongwe.

Wolves had somewhat of an easy ride, beating their Group D opponents Chibavi from Mzuzu and Southern Region champions Gemz to sail through to the quarterfinals alongside the later (Gemz).

Wolves
Victorious: Wolves.

The Raiply national champions then beat Blue Eagles in straight sets, before sailing past stubborn Moyale to set up a final showdown against KB.

KB on the other hand showed grit, lots of it, emerging from the group of death in which they were pitted against Northern Region giants Moyale Queens and fellow CRVL side Vixens and Mipuniro Gold to book a last eight berth.

KB in action
KB in action during the tournament

The soldiers from MDF headquarters, then fought off competition from youthful Eagle Claws from Mzuzu in the quarter-finals before beating another youthful Northern Region side Ultimate Volleyball Club to reach the finals.

But in the finals, KB appeared to be running out of ammunition, their battles in the group stages had been too bloody with some of their matches going all the way into five long sets.

Wolves on the other hand, boasting depth in the squad and international experience from their exploits in the Zone VI games in Mozambique and at the Zambia Volleyball Association invitational appeared ready to pounce on their wounded opponents as they cruised to a 3-0 win.

Head coach Thulani Maphosa said credit should go to the girls.

"It's their commitment to the cause. We are not competing for recognition but doing it for the players to one day be on the podium for big events such as Zone VI," he said.

Fans following
Fans follow proceedings

Chairperson of the tournament's organising committee Phanie Kanyenda said: "We are grateful to NBS for the generosity they have shown us. We would like to call for more sponsors to help us organise more tournaments to keep the ladies healthy and busy".

The tournament exposed raw talent and improvement in the level of play by some of the teams.