Wednesday, June 19

New Diamond Emerges Victorious in Thrilling Encounter Against Army

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Hongwanji New Diamond Sports Club claimed a thrilling victory over the defending champions, Tribhuvan Army Club, in a thrilling encounter in an ongoing 7th PM Cup NVA Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Club League.

In the second match of the day, New Diamond triumphed over Army in a nail-biting 3-2 set victory at the NSC Covered Hall. New Diamond dominated the first two sets with scores of 25-15 and 25-21. However, they faced setbacks in the third and fourth sets, succumbing to Army with scores of 19-25 and 22-25, respectively. Nevertheless, New Diamond regained their momentum and easily clinched the final and decisive set with a score of 15-9.

New Diamond had come remarkably close to defeating Army in straight sets, but a decision by Head Coach Kumar Rai to rest star-spiker Pratibha Mali turned the tide against them. When New Diamond was leading 15-13 in the third set, Rai chose to rest Pratibha, which ultimately proved to be a turning point in the match.

Taking advantage of Pratibha’s absence, Army seized the opportunity and scored five consecutive points, and tied at 16-16. Army continued to secure points and ultimately won the third set with a score of 25-19.

Earlier, in the day’s first match, Nepal APF Club secured their third consecutive victory by defeating Everest Volleyball Club in straight sets of 3-0. Everest managed to earn only 9 points in the first set, followed by 12 points in each of the second and third sets against the favored title contenders.

In the first match under the men’s section, Nepal Police Club defeated Dawali Milan Club in straight sets, winning with scores of 25-21, 25-19, and 25-17.

The second men’s match of the day, which was the fourth overall, witnessed Help Nepal Club, a strong contender for the title, trashing Gandaki Province in straight sets.

Help Nepal, comprised of Pakistan National Volleyball Team captain Aimal Khan and team member Mazhar Ali, secured a commanding victory with scores of 25-22, 25-17, and 28-26. Gandaki Province showcased a magnificent performance in the final set after resting their Indian players.

To conclude the fourth day of the championship, Nepal APF Club achieved a straight-set victory over Shailung Bagdhunga Sporting Club. Although APF faced some challenges, they managed to emerge victorious with scores of 26-24, 25-15, and 28-26.

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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