MTN Arena, Lugogo
-Men: KAVC 3-2 Gisagara (17-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 17-15)
-Women: Nkumba 1-3 Ndejje (18-25, 13-25, 26-24, 17-25)
Kampala Armature Volleyball Club (KAVC) had to do it the hard way in order to with their own invitational tournament.
In the finals game played at the MTN Arena in Lugogo, KAVC came from two sets down to defeat Rwandan side Gisagara VC 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Gisagara looked to be set for their maiden triumph in the competition as they won the first two sets 25-17 and 25-19 in front of a packed crowd as the hosts struggled in both attack and reception.
However, tournament MVP Daudi Okello who had early struggles in the game shook off the slow start and together with Kathbert Malinga breathed some life in KAVC’s attack and gave the side a lifeline.
Backed by the capacity crowd inside the arena, the hosts got rolling right from the start to the end of the fourth set in which they overwhelmed their opponents.
In the decisive set, Gisagara quickly built a two-point lead which they maintained as the side switched sides. Leading 13-10, the Rwandan side felt like they had their hands on the trophy but instead pressed a self-destruct button, receiving a penalty card in the process getting David Okot’s charges off the ropes.
In the other final, Ndejje defeated Nkumba 3-1 to win the all Ugandan match up in the Women’s’ category.
Ndejje showed their intentions of winning early, taking the first two sets 18-25 and 13-25 before Nkumba won the third 26-24.
Nkumba then completed their excellent show at this year’s tournament with a fourth quarter win in order to win the game 3-1.
Men’s Individual Awards
-MVP: Daudi Okello
-Best Server: Gabriel Yikita
-Best Receiver: Emile Dada Karera
-Best Defender: Patrick Akumunta
-Best Attacker: Kathbert Malinga
-Best Setter: Ivan Mahoro
-Best Blocker: Vincent Dusibimana
-Best Libero: Jean Bosco Mutabati