KAMPALA- Hosts KAVC will feel they have largely made home advantage count in the NSSF KAVC International after they became the only Ugandan men’s side to progress to the semi-finals on Saturday.
The side topped the Lugogo-based Pool D which had five clubs battling for the two quarter final berths.
In their quarterfinal match that ended at nearly 1am this morning, the hosts beat Kenya’s Aspire 3-0 (25-22 25-21, 25-23) to book their place in the last four in a night that also included a musical performance from musician Cindy.
Earlier, with the natural light waning out at the other two outdoor venues in Namboole and Mubs, the rest of the quarter finals had been moved to Lugogo.
The partisan local crowd dealt with the pain of watching 2014 winners Sky lose to APR in a decisive set after the game was moved from Mubs with the Rwandan side leading 2:0 (30:28, 25:19)
The crowd rallied home-side Sky as they went up level winning the next two sets, in a best of five series, 21-25, 22-25. However, their energy levels burnt out as they settled for 15:11 in the decider.
Sport S also lost 2-3 to Rwanda’s Kirehe after the match was moved from Mubs at 2:2 (25-18, 15-25, 25-18, 18-25). Kirehe won the decider 9-15.
In the longest quarterfinal match at Lugogo, KCCA which had needed all five sets in a decisive Pool D encounter to see off Rwandan side University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB), went on to lose 3-1 to REG. KCCA did their best stretch the Rwandan side in the first two sets but REG still won comfortably (25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 25-16).
Men’s Semi-Finals – 8.30am
APR vs. KAVC, Lugogo
Kirehe vs. REG, Mubs
2016 - UNIK, Aspire
2015 - Inatek, RRA
2014 - Sky, RRA
2013 - Inatek, Nkumba
2012 - Sport S, KCCA
2011 - KAVC, KCC
2010 - Muzinga, KCC
2009 - Sport S, KCC
2008 - KVC, KAVC
2007 - Sport S, KCC