2016 NVF Cup kicks off

25 Aug 2016 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 AUG (NAMPA) – The 2016 edition of the Bank Windhoek Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) Cup kicked off last weekend with nine ladies and 11 men's teams registering for the preliminary rounds.
NVF president Gunter Rust was happy with the outcome of the tournament, saying everything went well.
“The competition was tough, it was a bit windy but the beauty about that is, teams had to adjust and prove their skills. Obviously there were a few logistical issues that we will improve on in the future,” he said.
The tournament took place at the Katutura Youth Complex Sports Grounds, with five outdoor courts being used for the games. The NVF Cup started in 2009 with fewer teams taking part, but the introduction of a regional association last year has seen the number of teams increase significantly.
“This is the second season that the tournament is using this format following the addition of more teams from the regional federations, which has also led to the improvement of the standard of play,” Rust said.
The Saturday morning saw the first round underway with the traditionally strong teams such as Sports Klub Windhoek (SKW) Ladies and NVF Cup newcomers Revivals Volleyball Club (VC) from the Central Volleyball Association proving to be worthy of their favourites status, with both teams managing to go through the first round without losing any games. From the men's teams, last year's winners Khomas Nampol VC and runners up Namibia Defence Force VC showed their dominance of the game by topping their groups respectively, also closing off the round unbeaten. The preliminary rounds were also used as a ranking process for the teams in order to determine who will qualify for the quarterfinals, which will take place in Ondangwa.
The final results following two days of action are as follows:

Men's Pool A:
1. Namibia Defence Force VC
2. Eleven Warriors VC
3. Katima Youth VC
4. Navy VC B
5. Rundu VC
6. Otjozondjupa Nampol VC

Men's Pool B:
1. Khomas Nampol VC
2. Navy VC A
3. Nakapele VC
4. Unam Katima Mulilo VC
5. Mukwe VC

Ladies Pool A:
1. SKW
2. Noordgrens VC
3. Erongo Nampol VC
4. Eleven Warriors VC
5. Otjozondjupa Nampol VC

Ladies Pool B:
1. Revivals VC
2. Oshana Nampol VC
3. Rundu Chiefs VC
4. Navy VC

Only one women’s team came from the Central North Volleyball Federation, hence all the four teams in group B qualified automatically.
The top four teams of each pool progress to the quarter-finals to be hosted by the Far Northern Volleyball Association on 08 September, with the semi-finals scheduled for 09 September 2016.
The finals will be held at the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Complex on 01 October 2016. The winners of the NVF Cup will earn the right to represent Namibia at the 2016 Zone VI Club Championships in December 2016.