Vilcabamba Table Tennis Club, Volta’s rep at the Stanbic Bank National Table Tennis League, enjoyed victories on Saturday, October 13, at the Accra Sports Stadium Hall.
As the league resumed with week 5 fixtures after a week break, Vilcabamba female defeated GRA 3-2 in a fierce encounter while the male lost to Prisons and won against Faith Club.
Malwine Akator lost the first single 11-8, 11-4, 11-13, 11-9 to Oforiwaa but Matilda Fodu restored parity with a 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 3-11 results to Lawrencia. The doubles were tight but GRA took the lead again with Diana and Oforiwaa beating Millicent Ankude and Matilda Fodu in 3 straight sets, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10. It was the turn of Millicent, who ensured the team is in contention for the 2 points by beating Lawrencia 3-2 (8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11). Malwine sealed the victory with a 3-1 win in the last single, 3-11, 13-15, 11-8, 4-11 against Diana.
Prisons beat Vilcabamba 3 straight in the male division with David Senyo losing 3-1 to Michael Darbah, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 8-11 in the first single. Sellasie Setorwofia then lost the second single, 3 straight sets to Oscar Forson, 9-11, 5-11, 7-11. Prisons were undone as Jacob and Oscar finished it off 3-1 against Frank and Sellasie.
Vilcabamba male got back strongly as they beat Accra based Faith Club 3-1, with David Senyo seeing off Richard Laryea 3-1 (11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4). Sellasie continued the fine form with another 3-1 (11,14-12, 6-11, 11-8) win against James Aryee. Having weaknesses in the doubles, Faith Club got a consolation with 3 straight sets to win, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9; Ladan and James doing the battle against Frank and Sellasie. David Senyo bounced back to beat Ladan in 3 straight sets, 11-6, 13-11, 11-7.
Head Coach, David Senyo Ahaiba expressed lots of joy particularly in the ladies emphatic win, believing, it keeps their target alive.
“I wish to congratulate team VTTC especially the ladies on their victory this weekend because gradually they are helping VTTC achieve its ultimate aim of getting into the top 3. On the side of the men, l think we lost the first match because we couldn’t field all our best 3 players. Our 3rd and 4th seeds had other engagements so they were not available for the matches. However, their win in the second match was equally good and that is a feather in our cup.”
The Regional Table Tennis Coach also appealed for support from Cooperate bodies to help achieve their targets in the league.
“Apart from the sacrifices of the players and Thomas Kuenyefu our chairman, we are yet to receive sponsorship from outsiders. We are pleading for sponsorship so that we can compete favourably in the league to the end. I wish to seize the opportunity to thank all those who have great thoughts towards us. Kudos to our fans too for cheering VTTC up in yesterday’s match.” He told Herosportsgh.com.
Out of 10 clubs, Vilcabamba female is now 4th with 11 points, 4 adrift leaders Army and Immigration and 2 short of 3rd place Police. The male has also moved 1 place up, 11th now with 18 points, 12 less than Immigration at the top and 12 more than 18th place Cape Coast Loopers.