DTS and Revivals are Doc champions

Rudi Bowe

Revivals Volleyball Club (RVC) and Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) are the 2021 Bank Windhoek Doc Open Tournament champions.

The 2021 Bank Windhoek Doc Open Tournament, hosted by the Namibian Volleyball Federation (NVF) on Saturday, 27, and Sunday, 28 March 2021 at the Dome in Swakopmund was filled with competitive teams. This was an exciting event for volleyball action after a year’s delay due to COVID-19.
The event saw 12 men’s and 9 females teams battle it out for bragging rights and the floating trophy in the 40th Open Volleyball Doc Tournament sponsored by Bank Windhoek.
In the women’s category defending champions RVC defeated first time participants Kudos Volleyball Club 3-0 (25-18; 25-22; 25-21). However, Revivals’ route to the final was nearly spoiled when they narrowly beat Khomas Nampol Volleyball Club 2-1 (24 – 26, 25 – 20, 20 – 18) in the semi-final. Kudos beat Eleven Warriors 2 – 0 (26 – 24, 25 – 13) in the second semi-final match.
Khomas Nampol Volleyball Club defeated Eleven Warriors 2 – 1 in the bronze medals match.
In the men’s category, DTS defeated Kudos 3-2 (25-22; 23-25; 25-18; 21-25; 15-13) in the final to win the tournament after about 20 year. DTS beat Happydu 2-1 (22-25; 25-23; 16-14) in the first semi-final match and Kudos men’s team beat newcomers the Namibian Correctional Services In the second semi-final match.
Happydu beat Namibian Correctional Service 2-0 (25-14; 25-16) to claim the bronze medals.
Bank Windhoek’s Head of Corporate Social Investment, Sponsorship, and Events, Bronwyn Moody, said that Bank Windhoek was proud to see so many young players expressing their appreciation and professionalism in the sport.
Moody said “As a responsible corporate citizen, we believe in youth and sports development initiatives, and we commend the NVF for showing us that this is achievable. The youth out there are eager to bring volleyball to greater heights in our country. We wish the NVF and the young volleyball players all the best as they prepare for more local and international competitions.”
NVF’s Technical Director, Joseph Amakali said “It was encouraging to see young players competing at this level; we will continue investing in the sport’s development and ensure that we create opportunities for the Namibian youth.”
The Chairperson of the Namibian Sport Commission and previous president of the NVF Joel Mathews said that he is satisfied with the number of young players that are playing volleyball.
Mathews said “This tournament has given me a good impression that volley-ball is becoming a national representative sport code as a number of teams are not from one part of the country but from all over the county.”
“The quality of volleyball that were played over the past two days were quite impressive but there is a need for improvement. Mathews said.
Mathews added that it takes great courage for athletes to participate in any tournament during this difficult time of the corona virus. “I urge athletes to be cautious and obey the restrictions that are set by the government.”

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