The Herald (Harare)

29 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Beach Volleyball Series Begins

LOCAL beach volleyball players got into action over the weekend when they took part in the newly-introduced series at Highfield community Hall with the top seeds Nyashadzashe Takawira and his partner Rufaro Choto winning all their matches.

In their first match on Saturday, Takawira and Choto beat the pair of Batsirai Mawire and Simbarashe Chidziwa 2-0 before beating Charles Dotito and Trymore Nyakwanga with the same score.

They went on to beat Conrad Kupara and Nigel Sibangani 2-0. Takawira said they were happy with their performance as they collected maximum points in all matches.

"My partner was an inspiration and we played well. All the teams were taking the matches seriously and I can say our good combination with Choto worked out well.

"I think if they put in more effort they will improve because some of the teams were taking part in beach volleyball for the first time," said Takawira.

Takawira, who is a national team player, said the competition in the series was a bit high and will play a vital role in improving the standard of the game.

"The series is much better in terms of competition than in tournaments. We did not play more often in Zimbabwe so this series will definitely help improve the standard of play. We are not going to stop training and I think our experience helped us win," said Takawira,

In the women's section, it was a tough weekend for some of the country"s top players but quick to take the lead was the pair of Felistus Chakabveyo and Media Mafuta who topped the log table when they won three out the four matches they played.

They lost their opening match to veteran player Viola Muchaoona and Constance Masiyiwa 0-2 before recovering in the second match when they dismissed Amanda Ntukula and Chenai Sizilani 2-0.

Chakabveyo and Mafuta also dismissed Tsungiriro Shumba and Melody Mhunga 2-0.

In their last match they prevailed over Persuade Gwaba and Vuyiswa Dhlomo 2-1 in a match that had to be decided in the third set after the latter won the first set.

Chakabveyo said there was still room for the pair to improve and they will continue working hard as a team.

"We played well and competition was stiff but I still need to work on one or two things. I need to practice and spend more time with my partner.

"The turnout was good, there was a team from Bulawayo," Chakabveyo said.

Muchaoona and Masiyiwa finished fourth having won two of the four games they played. Beach volleyball commissioner, Robert Njerere, who partnered Kudakwashe Chizema in the weekend's matches, said the series looked promising with young players taking part.

Njerere and Chizema beat the pair of Lucian Dzapasi and Richard Chidza from Kwekwe 2-0.

"It was quite tough and very competitive and we are very happy. The boys from Kwekwe did well, they actually played well considering that it was their first time playing on sand.

"They are still young and it's promising for us because we have people we look up to for the future," said Njerere.

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