In the final night of league play, the 15 Isihlangu showed up when it mattered most and secure the number one spot in their pod.
It had been a long month for all teams participating in OVA League Play pods. A gruelling three weeks of pool play saw the Isihlangu convincingly take the first seed in their pool and secure a spot in the semi-finals.
The first match of the semis pitted the Ishies against Georgetown Impact Empire. A quick start out of the gate resulted in a first set win 25-13. In the second set, the team let their game get away from them a bit, but still managed to take the second set 25-23 and secure a birth in the finals with a straight-sets victory over “the Empire”.
The Championship match had the Isihlangu facing Pakmen Black 15U. Both teams entered the final match having faced very little resistance in their earlier matches, so this fixture had a lot of anticipation leading up to it. The first set concluded with a 25-18 win for the Ishies, while the second set turned into somewhat of a train wreck with the team facing a 6-17 deficit, only to scratch and claw their way back to a “respectable” 19-25 loss and an upcoming dreaded third set. As luck would have it, the girls decided that they wanted to win and promptly polished off their opponents with a convincing 15-6 win and earned their right to move up to the Championship Division for the next OVA tournament.
The 15 Isihlangu were the last seed in Pool A of their Trillium pod. Having had to endure the somewhat question ranking entering league play, the Ishies proved that they are a team to be reckoned with, and we all look forward to seeing what they can do in their next phase of play in the new year.
Congratulations to all players. The victory is well deserved. The parents also deserve a ton of credit and a big thank you for getting their daughters to training and to all of the league play matches without hesitation. Cheers to you all!