Wednesday, June 19

Help Nepal Maintains Unbeaten Streak with Thrilling Victory

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Help Nepal continued their remarkable winning streak by defeating Nepal APF Club in an exhilarating match during the ongoing 7th PM Cup NVA Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Club League.

In a dramatic encounter held at the NSC Covered Hall on Thursday, Help Nepal secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the departmental side – APF. With this win, Help Nepal accumulated a total of 13 points from 5 matches, firmly establishing themselves as favorites to qualify for the finals.

Help Nepal started strong, triumphing in the first two sets with scores of 27-25 and 25-17, respectively. However, they faced a setback when they lost the following two sets with scores of 21-25 and 23-25, leveling the match at 2-2. Undeterred, Help Nepal clinched the final and decisive set with a hard-earned score of 16-14. This win propelled them to the top of the points table, solidifying their position as a formidable force in the tournament.

In the first match of the day in the women’s section, Tribhuvan Army Club achieved a commanding straight-set victory over Everest Volleyball Training Center. The Army girls dominated the game, winning the first set with a score of 25-12, and subsequently securing the next two sets with identical scores of 25-19. This victory marked the defending champions’ first win in the tournament.

Following this, Nepal APF Club comfortably defeated New Diamond Sports Academy in straight sets, recording scores of 25-16, 25-18, and 25-12. With this win, Nepal APF Club kept their hopes alive for a place in the finals.

Meanwhile, New Diamond Sports Academy must secure a straight-set victory over Nepal Police Club on Friday to advance to the finale. Failure to do so would result in Nepal APF Club earning the runner-up position in the round-robin stage and advancing to the finals. Nepal Police Club Women had already secured their place in the finals with a match to spare.

In the men’s section, after Help Nepal’s triumph over Nepal APF Club in the first match, Nepal Police Club delivered a resounding victory over defending champions Tribhuvan Army Club in straight sets, winning with scores of 25-21, 28-26, and 25-15. This convincing win propelled Nepal Police Club to the second position in the points table with 12 points from 5 matches, firmly establishing themselves as favorites to reach the finale.

The overnight leaders, Tribhuvan Army Club, slipped to the third position with this defeat. They now face the daunting task of defeating the table-toppers, Help Nepal, in straight sets on Friday to secure their eligibility for the title clash.

To conclude the day’s events, Gandaki secured their first victory by overcoming Shailung Bagdhunga Sporting Club with a thrilling score of 3-2.

Shailung displayed dominance in the beginning, comfortably winning the first two sets with scores of 25-16 and 25-13. However, Gandaki mounted an impressive comeback, triumphing in the next two sets with scores of 19-25 and 20-25. In the final set, Gandaki emerged triumphant with a score of 15-6, securing their first win of the tournament.

A total of 13 teams, including 7 men’s and 6 women’s teams selected from the NVA Club Championship held last year, are participating in the NVA League organized by the Nepal Volleyball Association.

The top two teams in both categories will advance to the final after the completion of the round-robin league. The winners will be eligible to compete in the CAVA Club League Championship, scheduled to be held in Kathmandu later this year.

The top four teams in both sections will receive cash prizes of Rs. 6,00,000, Rs. 3,00,000, Rs. 1,50,000, and Rs. 75,000, respectively. Additionally, the best players in the tournament will be rewarded with Rs. 35,000 each. The best server, setter, blocker, spiker, libero, and coach will each receive a cash prize of Rs. 15,000.

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