Rwanda’s Gisagara have finished second at the 22nd NSSF KAVC International Volleyball Tournament after losing to organisers and hosts KAVC in the final.
Fidele Nyirimana’s side were overcome in a five-set thriller in Sunday’s final at Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda.
Gisagara claimed the first two sets on 25-17 and 25-19 in what seemed to be an effortless and boring final. However, the hosts bounced back to take the third and fourth quarters 25-20 and 25-16, respectively, before claiming the match-decider in a hard fought 17-15 set.
In the semi-finals, KAVC had beaten another Rwandan side APR 3-0 (30-28, 26-24, 25-16) while Gisagara beat compatriots UTB 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 19-25 and 25-21).
In the women’s category, Ndejje Elites beat Nkumba Ladies 3-1 (25-17, 25-14, 24-26 and 25-17) in an all-Uganda final to win their KAVC Memorial title.
The winners in each category, (male and female) received $1,000 in cash prize, the first runners up pocketed $500, while second runners-up walked away with $300.