UKZN Volleyball Team wins Gold
The UKZN Men’s Volleyball team were recently named the national champions of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) National Institutional Volleyball Championships.
The team won the tournament hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
UKZN won all their matches beating the University of Western Cape 3-1 sets in the finals and winning 15-11 in the semi-finals against champions for the last seven years, Vaal University of Technology.
Captain, Mr Devin O Regan said: ‘This is the first time UKZN has won this tournament, for most of us it took a day or two for it to actually sink in but coming home with that trophy, gold medals around our necks and two special awards, we are beyond happy!'
UKZN Coach, Mr Venai Naicker commended the team spirit of the boys as this kept them going throughout the tournament.
He said some of the challenges for the team was playing against a team that had players in the national team.
O Regan was voted the Best Attacker of the Tournament while Mr Ardel Shaikally received the award for Best Setter of the Tournament.
‘This year we felt like we had the strongest team that we'd ever had, we really felt like we were going into the tournament and would have no problem getting to the final,’ said O Regan.
‘The great thing was that we all motivated each other on and off the court, the mood, no matter what, was always positive even if the game was tense and we were losing, people would be making jokes. That would alleviate that stress and help us play better.’
He added that their coach kept the team motivated and focused on the task at hand. ‘He told us exactly what we needed to hear to help us win game after game.’
USSA’s aims to create an environment which will encourage student sports persons to strive for excellence on an academic and sports level, while giving participants an opportunity to interact socially and competitively. Their fundamental goal is the development and promotion of sport at all tertiary education institutions in South Africa.