Doc tourney enhances volleyball appeal 

The annual Doc Volleyball Tournament at Swakopmund over the long weekend was a hit with players and revellers alike. 

The large turnout and diverse field on show at the 40th anniversary of the Namibian Volleyball Federation (NVF) Doc Tournament staged at The Dome at Swakopmund over the Easter weekend indicates that the sport remains on track to meet its objectives, organisers say.

Backed by primary sponsor Bank Windhoek, the event celebrated volleyball excellence and community spirit, bringing together players, coaches and fans nationwide.

The tournament featured 35 teams competing in men’s and women’s categories, showcasing the talent and dedication which have been the hallmark of the federation’s success over the years.

Players of all ages and skill levels participated, highlighting the inclusive and welcoming nature of the sport.

This year’s tournament attracted 487 players. The youngest were Ndinelago Amakali (13) and Matheus Nahenda (15) in the women’s and men’s categories.

Lameesh Harris of the Univesity of Namibia (Unam) Queens and Vaino Namukomba of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Raptors were recognised as the most valuable players of the tournament in the women’s and men’s categories.

“There were many young players and spectators. The turnout signals that the development of volleyball is heading in the right direction.

“Congratulations to the NVF and all the participating teams for putting up a spectacular volleyball event,” said Bank Windhoek spokesperson Samuel Linyondi, who was delighted to have witnessed the thrilling and competitive volleyball action.

The defending men’s champion, the Namibia Correctional Service (NCS) team from Ondangwa, once again proved to be a force to be reckoned with by successfully defending their title when they beat NDF Raptors by three sets to one.

“We are proud to have defended our trophy. We played knowing well that our opponents would be prepared too. However, we felt no intimidation from them as we believed we were the best volleyball team and had proven it,” NCS captain Anthony Likando said.

The youthful Unam Queens also put up a thrilling show when they outplayed Kudos at the women’s final, winning the 2024 championships by three sets to one.

Queens captain Petite Kavenambutako said playing in the finals for the first time was a remarkable opportunity and achievement for the team.

“Winning the tournament for the first time means we have made history for our club and the overall tournament, which will always be remembered,” she said.

The winners walked away with N$20 000, with the runner-up receiving N$15 000, and third prize was worth N$10 000.

The fourth-placed teams earned N$5 000 and N$2 000 for fifth.

The tournament is one of the oldest in the country, and it attracted close to 750 spectators who were treated to high-energy matches and impressive displays of skill from players of all ages and skill levels.

Families, friends and volleyball fans filled the stands, creating a vibrant and supportive atmosphere throughout the event.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 40 years of the Doc tournament with such a successful tournament. Volleyball is a unifying force in our community, bringing people together and fostering a love for the sport,” NVF president Hilary Imbuwa said.

“This tournament was a fitting way to celebrate our achievements and look forward to a bright future. We are grateful to everyone who participated, volunteered, and contributed to making this event such a success.”

The NVF’s first vice president, Liina Matheus, said the federation was excited about the future of volleyball and is committed to providing opportunities for players of all ages to participate and excel in the sport.

Likewise Tobias Mwatelulo, the NVF’s second president, said they were committed to ensuring that volleyball thrives in the country.

“Developing youth programmes and initiatives to promote volleyball at grassroots level is a key priority in our strategic plan. Having partners like Bank Windhoek, our dreams will become a reality,” said Mwatelulo.

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