By BURI GABI
THEY are a new team in the competition, but have the formula to beat top teams in the women’s division of the NCD volleyball competition.
Patriots caused an upset of the round when they recovered from two sets down to take out the tie-breaker against last season’s grand finalist, Grass Hoppers on Saturday at the Taurama Leisure Centre.
Patriots won 3-2 (1-25, 7-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-10).
Hoppers, with Joyce Kambori and Rhonda Tari at fore, won the first two sets comfortably and looked like an early afternoon, but Patriots struck back when veteran setter, Brenda Sevese came up with her brilliant executions seeing her power hitters Kila Oki finishing the moves with her powerful strikes while her comrade, Lama Monagi, played a blinder.
In other women’s matches, Pom Tech were pushed all the way by Scorpions, but fell short as the students wrapped up the march in the tie breaker, U-Mi Yet beat YWCA in straight sets and Vailima edged Ulamagi 3-1.
In the men’s results; Grass Hoppers were stretched by Vailima but held on to win 3-1, U-Mi Yet’s artillery at the net proved too hot for Post-Courier to win 3-1, Ulamagi combination attacks gave the Gereka men the upperhand over Scorpions winning with the same scoreline awhile Snipers nailed Patriots.
The season proper started last weekend with 10 teams competing in the men’s premier division. They are reigning champions Grass Hoppers, Vailima, Snipers, Moukele Dolphins, Patriots, Scorpions, Ulamagi, U-Mi Yet and Post-Courier.