APF end Army’s winning run in volleyballThey win the women’s departmental derby 19-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-22 to get back into contention for final spot.
Armed Police Force (APF) Club put brakes on Tribhuvan Army Club's winning streak in the women's section of the fifth National NVA Club League Women's and Men's Volleyball Championship on Monday.
Army appeared to be heading into the last round of the league unbeaten when they claimed the first set 19-25. But APF made a strong comeback to win the other three sets 25-10, 25-17, 25-22 and chalked up their second win at the NSC covered hall in Tripureshwor.
The win puts APF back in contention for the final race, who endured even worse fate on Saturday's departmental derby when Nepal Police Club came back from two sets down to beat them 3-2.
The defeat has made Army's march towards the final difficult with only one fixture remaining while their closest rivals Nepal Police Club, who are square with Army on eight points, have played only three matches.
That leaves Police the only unbeaten side in the six-team competition. But their journey is not easy as well. They face Hongwanji New Diamond Sports Club on Tuesday before locking horns with Army in the final round.
APF have seven points after three matches and have a relatively easy fixture next—which is set against Bharatpur Metro Khelkud on Tuesday—before they take on New Diamond on the final day.
Another competitor New Diamond also have seven points after three matches. Despite boasting the likes of Prativa Mali, Aruna Shahi and Salina Shrestha, they have yet to show their true instinct in the league. Their only competitive match against a competitive opponent—the Army—came on Friday, which they lost 3-2.
They next play Police on Tuesday, before facing APF on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Bharatpur finally registered their first league win, frustrating Dhorpatan Sports Club in the straight sets of 25-21, 25-12, 25-13. They have three points after four matches.
Dhorpatan have already played all their fixtures and exit the tournament winless.
Help Nepal close to securing final berth
Tip Top Help Nepal Sports Club continued their winning streak in the men's volleyball of the national NVA club league championship on Monday.
They beat Police 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 to rack up their fourth straight victory that gave Help Nepal 12 points. They now need one win from their remaining two fixtures to secure a spot in the final. They next face Army before taking on APF in the final round.
APF could have joined Help Nepal on top but their winning run came to a halt instead after surrendering to Army 25-15, 25-18, 28-26 in the day's other action.
Both APF and Army have nine points after four matches. Police have six points.