By a Staff Reporter
Surkhet (HamroKhelkud) – Defending champions Nepal APF Club and Nepal Police Club have qualified for the final of the 34th National Men’s Volleyball Championship in Surkhet. APF defeated Gandaki Province, while Police defeated Tribhuwan Army FC in a stellar win to set up an all-departmental final.
In the first semifinal held in Birendranagar, APF booked their place in the final with a straight-sets victory. APF were the victors, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-15.
Gandaki were unable to win the first two sets with leads of 10-9 and 10-7, respectively. Gandaki players, coaches, and officials were dissatisfied with the referee’s decisions. APF’s libero Binod had to leave the court at the start of the third set. But that didn’t faze APF, as they won the third set as well.
In the second semifinal, Police also registered a 3-0 victory to confirm the final against APF. Police won the match with scorelines of 25-21, 25-23, and 25-19. Police had an 18-12 lead in the first set but the set stood at 22-19 at one stage. However, Police wrapped up the set with a four-point gap.
Police managed to win the second set 25-23 despite being equal at 19-19 at one stage. In the final set, Police won nine straight points from 4-4, and wrapped up the match with ease.
APF had defeated Army in the previous final to win the title. However, their title defence will be challenged by Police in the final, this time, on Thursday.