The Madibaz women’s volleyball team pulled off a stunning fightback to end the year on a high by taking the Mayoral Cup title in Uitenhage at the weekend.
Madibaz and Port Elizabeth College were locked at 2-2 in the final before the latter took control by jumping ahead 14-9 in the deciding set.
“At that stage, it looked certain that PEC, who needed only one point, would take the title,” said Madibaz volleyball manager Bernard Petersen.
“But it was the teamwork and skills of the Madibaz players which prevailed as they came back to win the final set 16-14.”
While the Madibaz men’s team lost in the semifinals, Petersen said they were generally satisfied with the overall performance.
“The men’s team have the potential to perform a lot better than what they displayed at the Mayoral Cup. Maybe, with more intense training, planning and preparation, we will see a change in the results in the future.”
The Madibaz women won both their pool games 2-0, defeating Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and Volkswagen. They then came up against Despatch and advanced to the final after an injury saw their opponents default the match.
Petersen said the teamwork among the women had been the key to their success.
He added, though, that German student Friederike Hobein, had stood out, securing the majority of their points.
Preparations for next year’s Nelson Mandela Bay league will begin in early February, while the teams will also compete in the Eastern Cape varsity leagues.
“These competitions will prepare us for the University Sport South Africa tournament that takes place in mid-year.”