Players of Armed Police Force celebrate with the trophy after winning the fourth NST-NVA National Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the National Sports Council’s Covered Hall in Tripureshwar, Kathmandu on Saturday. Photo: Bijay Gajmer/ Republica
KATHMANDU, March 4: Despite losing the first two sets, the departmental team Armed Police Force (APF) has lifted the fourth NST-NVA National Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.
In the women’s final match played at the National Sports Council (NSC) Covered Hall in Tripureshwar, APF defeated Shivam New Diamond Academy (APF) in 3-2 set after a brilliant comeback.
APF lost the first two sets 16-25 each, but made a comeback to win the match. It lost the second set as spiker Sarswati Chaudhary was taken off the court for 10 minutes because of an injury in the 12-12 situation in the second set. APF won the other three sets 25-14, 25-13, 15-9 to win its sixth title of the season.
APF had earlier won six titles out of the possible seven including the Women’s Open Volleyball Tournament in Lamachaur, PM Cup in Nepalgunj, NSC Championship, Mayor Cup in Chitwan and Double League in Dhorpatan.
After the win, APF took home Rs 150,000 and the runner-up NDA was rewarded with Rs 100,000.
Earlier, for the women’s third-placed match, the departmental team Nepal Police Club (NPC) defeated the other departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) in a 3-2 set. NPC won the first set 25-12 and won the last set 15-13 to get the third place. NPC bagged Rs 60,000.
Likewise, TAC won the third title of the season by defeating Help Nepal Sports Club on straight sets of 3-0 in the men’s final played on the same day. TAC had earlier won NSC Championship and third CoAS National Volleyball Tournament.
TAC beat Help Nepal 25-15, 25-21, 25-14. TAC was rewarded with Rs 150,000, while the runner-up Help Nepal was prized with Rs 100,000.
Also, in the third-placed match, APF defeated NPC 3-0 on straight sets in 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 to bag Rs 60,000.
TAC’s Man Bahadur Shrestha and NDA’s Pratibha Mali were declared the best players of men’s and women’s categories respectively. They both earned Rs 15,000 each.
Likewise, TAC dominated the individual award in men’s category. Durga Mahato, Dhan Bahadur Bhatta and Ishwar Thapa won the best setter, the best server and the best libero awards respectively. Also, Help Nepal’s Lalit Kumar and Prince Malla claimed the best spiker and the best blocker awards respectively.
In women’s category, APF’s Chaudhary and Hira KC, NDA’s Kripa Adhikari and Salina Shrestha grabbed the best spiker, the best setter, the best server and the best libero respectively. Also, NPC’s Manisha Chaudhary and APF’s Gyanendra Bista won the best blocker and the best coach awards respectively. They all got Rs 5,000 each.
The tournament played in league cum knockout format featured 11 teams from men’s category and seven from women’s.