Players of Reed Model (white) and Nepal Police Club in action during their match of the Dhorpatan Double League Women's Volleyball Tournament in the capital on Wednesday. Photo Courtesy: NSC
KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Title contenders Reed Model, Armed Police Force (APF) and New Diamond Academy all registered wins in the Dhorpatan Double League Women's Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday.
In the match played at New Buspark, table topper Reed Model registered straight sets win of 25-6, 25-18, 25-9 over Nepal Police Club. Similarly, APF overcame the challenge of departmental rival Tribhuvan Army Club 25-10, 25-15, 25-23 while New Diamond defeated Western Region 25-20, 23-25, 25-15.
After producing the victories, both Reed Model and APF have extended their points tally to 33. Reed Model, however, has a match advantage over APF which has played 12 matches and the former holds superiority on the basis of head-to-head record.
Record five times champion Gyanu Baba Higher Secondary School of Pokhara is not competing in the current edition of the tournament. However, players of Gyanu Baba including captain Manju Gurung, Aruna Shahi and Manti Ale Magar are playing for Western Region this time.
APF, which has won the tournament four times, is looking forward to match Gyanu Baba's record lifting the title of the ongoing tournament. But Reed Model has emerged as a tough nut to crack for the departmental side and its captain Reshma Bhandari thinks both teams have equal chances to become champion.
“We are not weaker than Reed Model's Indian players. We are strong in spike while Reed Model holds superiority is other departments. We need to come up strongly in the upcoming matches to lift the trophy," said Reshma, who is also the spiker of the national team. Saraswati Chaudhary, Nebika Chaudhary are the other national team members who play in similar position to Reshma for APF.
In the ongoing tournament, Reed Model has not lost a single set while APF lost to Reed Model besides losing one set each in the matches against Western Region and Police.
Similarly, New Diamond, runner-up of the last four editions of the tournament, stands third in points table. New Diamond has added 27 points from 11 matches in the competition after losing the first leg matches to APF and Reed Model.
Meanwhile, one-time champion Police registered win in its second match of the day.
Police pulled straight sets win of 25-12, 25-17, 25-13 over host Dhorpatan Sports Training Center. Police has extended its points tally to 21 from 12 matches to remain in fourth place while Western Region with equal points is fifth on the basis of head-to-head record.
Another departmental side Army has 15 points from 12 matches to remain sixth and host Dhorpatan remains at the bottom with eight points.