KSST blown out of Top 8 K.O. Cup

2016-02-17 06:00

KSST were blown out of the Trophies Engravers-sponsored KwaDukuza Volleyball Association Top 8 Knockout Cup after slumping to a humiliating 25-17; 25-12 defeat at the hands of Randsons at the association courts on Thursday night.

With most of the South Africans glued to their television sets watching the State of Nation Address (Sona), delivered by President Jacob Zuma, volleyball enthusiasts came out in their numbers to watch the much anticipated quarter-final clash between former champions KSST and Randsons.

Both teams unveiled their new signings for the 2016 season with brothers Mark Padiachi (Randsons) and Theo Padiachi (KSST), former Manor players playing against each other.
The game got off to a fiery start with both teams desperate to put points on the scoreboard, but midway into the game the scores were levelled at 12-12.

As the game gained momentum, the Randsons lads grew in confidence with Sandhir “Tinboy” Jugmohan blocking and attacking superbly to give his side a slight edge. The left handed Pravin Premlall caught the KSST lads flat-footed with a flurry of brilliant attacks.

Randsons claimed the psychological advantage after winning the first set (25-17). The return of their prodigal son, Dillon Devaraj failed to keep the adrenaline pumping in the KSST camp.
They watched in disbelief as Randsons virtually dominated every facet of the game.

The humiliating 25-12 score-line in the 2nd set reflected the woeful performance of Syd Kistan’s charges, who were quietly touted as pre-tournament favourites to clinch the Top 8 K.O. Cup, but instead were sent crashing out of the tournament in the opening round of the competition.

In an earlier game Warriors Sport had to dig deep into their reserves before holding onto a nail-biting 25-21; 25-22 win against Frendz.

Defending Top 8 champions, Grove End hardly worked up a sweat in their 25-19; 25-17 win against Darnall United. Sunbrook clawed their way back into contention from a set down before outwitting Cool Leaders (19-25; 25-17; 25-11) to book their place in the semi’s.

Tomorrow (Thursday) Randsons will lock horns with Sunbrook in the first semi-final clash at 7pm before Grove End entertain Warriors Sport at 8pm. The playoffs for third spot and the final will take place on Friday, 26 February at the association courts commencing at 7pm. Trophies (sponsored by Trophies Engravers) will be awarded to the top three finishers.

In other volleyball news, KDVA will host their annual general meeting on Thursday, 25 February at The Quartz commencing at 7pm. The affiliation fee of R500 per team and player registration fee of R80 per player must be paid prior to the meeting.

Meanwhile, KDVA have announced a strong squad to participate in the KwaZulu Natal Youth Volleyball Championship to be held on 27 February at the University of Durban Westville Sports Complex.

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