LVA honours King

LVA honours King

MASERU – Last Saturday, Lerotholi Polytechnic’s sports grounds were the place to be as eight of Lesotho’s top volleyball teams collided to celebrate His Majesty King Letsie III’s birthday.
The contest was the climax of a two-week Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA) championship that brought together the country’s best first and second division sides.
It was the first time the LVA hosted a tournament to honour the King’s birthday and, judging by the fans’ response, it was a hit.
By early morning spectators had already filtered in to watch the action and, despite the bone chilling wind, they stayed glued to their seats until late in the day for the final between rivals Redskins and Green Spikes.

Redskins were the favourites.
They came into the LVA King’s Birthday Tournament as five-time defending league champions and were famously crowned kings of Southern Africa in 2010 when they won the Zone 6 Club Championships. Green Spikes were the underdogs.

The Leribe outfit are a good side but just have the misfortune of being stuck in an era of Redskins dominance.
The most recent example was last December when Green Spikes lost the final of 2016 season’s closing tournament to Redskins.
Last Saturday, the rival sides once again went toe-to-toe in a hard-fought encounter but Redskins’ 25-19 win in the first set proved decisive.
Redskins won the next two sets 25-22 and 25-16 to claim a 3-0 victory and the first-ever King’s birthday title.

“I can say we made history because it is the first time this tournament is being hosted and we are the ones to win it,” jubilant Redskins captain Khabane Marumo said afterwards.
“We so wished that the owner of this big celebration (King Letsie III) was here,” Marumo added. “But we are very proud to be the champions of this tournament and we will keep working hard to win the coming ones.”

The LVA King’s Birthday Tournament began two weekends ago with 12 teams contesting the men’s competition and eight in the women’s section. The best four in each competition then went through to last Saturday’s deciding day.

In the men’s competition the final contestants were Redskins, Green Spikes, Limkokwing University and surprise package, D-Snipers of the B-Division.
Green Spikes beat D-Snipers in semi-finals while Redskins beat Limkokwing before their success in the final.

Mohloai Mpesi

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