THE Zimbabwe national men and women volleyball teams are through to the next round of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship qualifiers.
They accomplished this feat after finishing second and first respectively at the Africa sub-zone Group K qualifiers that officially ended at African Bible College in Lilongwe, Malawi, yesterday. Coached by Vulindlela Moyo, the women topped their group winning all their matches.
They emphatically dispatched hosts Malawi 3-0, following it up with a narrow 3-2 win over second-placed Zambia and finally making light work of Namibia 3-1, to garner maximum points.
On the other hand, Artwell Gororo’s men kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 success over the hosts before slumping 3-2 to eventual group winners Zambia and secured their progression with a 3–1 win over Namibia. Both teams now await the zonal qualifiers set for early October with the men travelling to Botswana while the women will do battle in Zambia. The teams were expected back home late last night.
The top two winners will move to the final stage of qualifications for the Africa Championships.
The 2014 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball Men’s Volleyball World Championships, will be held in Poland while the women’s version will be hosted by Italy.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe dominated the individual awards in the games with Viola Muchaona and Bruce Mpofu being named the Most Valuable Players in the women’s and men’s category respectively, Nomagugu Dube (women) Setter of the Tournament, Media Mafuta (women) best blocker while in the men’s category Simbarashe Chidziwa was named the Best Server and Mumphery Chindumo Best Libero.