By Morris Rawal
As the first round of the National Volleyball League came to a close so as the year-2022, Sport-S suffered their first loss of the year at the hands of KCCA Ladies.
The Sport-S family had dominated the first half of the season up to that point.
The two teams from Nsambya are still in first place and are the favorites to win both the men’s and women’s titles.
The Sport-S men’s team has been on the verge of winning the title but has nevertheless fallen short during the past ten years.
Sport-S enjoys a commanding lead at the top of the standings with 24 points after 8 games.
With 22 points from 8 games, the KAVC squad is close behind Sport-S in second place.
The reigning champions OBB, who defeated the six-time defending Champions Nemostars in the season’s championship game, got out to a shaky start but finished strong with three straight victories.
With three losses in the first round of the regular season, the defending champions OBB are in third position with 18 points, followed by Nemostars in fourth place with 17 points.
Sides promoted in 2021/22 Tigers and Sky, who are now ranked eighth and ninth with 6 and 5 points, respectively, are still without a hope of entering the playoffs.
Nkumba Navy, who have only one point after nine games played, are at the bottom of the standings and are still searching for their first victory of the year.
OBB has already appointed a third coach despite just being in their second season in the top division. Johnshon Kawenyera is currently in charge of the team after Lawrence Yakan and Luke Eittit.
For five games, Eittit played. He was brought in following the team’s 3-0 loss against Sport-S in the season opener, and he went on to win three of his next five games.
The reigning champs had won three and lost just as many games by the time he left.
After the National Club Championship, Eittit was hired to take Yakan’s position, but he was unable to coordinate his work schedule in Kampala with that of an OBB team stationed in Iganga.
Kawenyera is anticipated to pull up his socks as OBB prepares to defend the title where they will get an opportunity to represent Uganda at the Africa Club Championship the following year.
While Ivan Ongom has not participated in a single game owing to injury, players like Brian Atuhaire and Jonathan Tumukunde have not yet reached the levels that are expected of them.
OBB haven’t wowed anyone so far, they are still struggling considering they are the reigning champion.
Sport-S women are in first place in the table standings, although after seven games played, they are tied (18 points) with the Ndejje Elites after each team only lost once in the opening week of the regular season.
In their attempt to defend their title, the defending champions Ndejje Elites have stayed up with the table-toppers Sport-S
The debutants, OBB ladies scored 14 points, following the seasoned KCCA team in third place with 15.
The schedules for the second and last rounds of the National Men’s and Women’s League Serie A regular season of the Uganda Volleyball Federation (UVF) 2022/23 have been released.
The clubs will play games in the second round between January 14 and March 26, 2023, with the top four teams securing their spots in the playoffs, which will decide the champions of the current season’s campaign.
Men’s top four
Sport-S -8-0 (24 points)
KAVC -7-1 (22 points)
OBB -6-3 (18 points)
Nemostars -6-3 (17 points)
9 -Sky -2-7 (5 points)
10 -Nkumba -Navy -0-9 (1 point)
Women;’s top four
Sport-S -6-1 (18 points)
Ndejje Elites -6-1 (18 points)
KCCA -5-2 (15 points)
OBB -5-2 (14 points)
6 -VVC -1-5 (2 points)
7 -Espoir -0-7 (1 point)
Second Round Fixtures