The Madibaz women’s volleyball team crowned their year with victory in the Mayoral Cup after a remarkable rear-guard action in Uitenhage at the weekend.

In a match that created a fitting finale to the competition, Madibaz defeated Port Elizabeth College in the tightest of finishes in Sunday’s decider.

With the match deadlocked at 2-2, Madibaz volleyball manager Bernard Petersen said it looked all over for the varsity side when they trailed 14-9 in the fifth and final set.

“At that stage, it looked certain that PEC, who needed only one point, would take the title,” he said.

“Both teams produced some exceptional volleyball, but it was the fighting spirit, teamwork and amazing skillset of the Madibaz ladies which prevailed in the end.”

He said they controlled the closing stages of the match to win the final set 16-14, taking the match 3-2.

The Madibaz women won both their pool games 2-0, defeating Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and Volkswagen. They then came up against Despatch and advanced to the final after an injury saw their opponents default the match.

Petersen said the teamwork among the women had been the key to their success.

“Volleyball is a team sport and everyone forms part of a puzzle to ensure the end goal.”


He said the tournament wrapped up the Nelson Mandela Bay Volleyball Association programme for the year.

“We have ended the season on a high and positive note. Exams are upon us and students are now able to shift focus and concentrate on being successful academically.”

He said preparations for the Nelson Mandela Bay league would begin in early February, while the team would also compete in the Eastern Cape varsity leagues.

“These competitions will prepare us for the University Sport South Africa tournament that takes place in mid-year.”

Caption: The Madibaz women’s team were crowned Mayoral Cup volleyball champions after defeating Port Elizabeth College 3-2 in a thrilling final in Uitenhage on Sunday. Photo: Supplied