New Diamond and Police to vie for titleNew Diamond defeated Armed Police Force (APF) Club 25-21, 26-24, 14-25, 25-21 to top the league standings with 13 points.
Hongwanji New Diamond Sports Club and Nepal Police Club will battle for the women's title in the fifth National NVA Club League Women's and Men's Volleyball Championship.
At the NSC Covered Hall in Tripureshwor on Wednesday, New Diamond defeated Armed Police Force (APF) Club 25-21, 26-24, 14-25, 25-21 to top the league standings with 13 points and set up title clash with Police, who also advanced into the final with a 26-24, 25-17, 28-26 derby win over Tribhuvan Army Club earlier in the day. Police accumulated 11 points to finish second in the table.
"We are happy we defeated APF and reached the final. New Diamond players are developing confidence and growing stronger," said New Diamond coach Kumar Rai.
"Yet, they sometimes get nervous, especially when facing departmental teams," added Rai. "If we can play confidently in the final against Police, we can win the title," he added.
APF set up Help Nepal final
APF saw off Tip Top Help Nepal Sports Club in the straight sets of 3-0 on a dramatic day to set up a rematch with the same opponents in the final of the men's volleyball.
Bulbule RaRa Club had defeated Nayabazar Samajik Yuwa Club 25-19, 25-12, 25-21 earlier on the day to go second in the league standings, and were hoping to book a title clash with finalists Help Nepal. Help Nepal had already reached the final on Tuesday amassing 15 points, while maintaining a perfect record.
However, the events at the NSC covered hall took a surprising turn when APF defeated Help Nepal, who had rested their three Indian players, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 to claim all three points and seize the second position from Bulbule's grasp. APF collected 13 points, one more than Bulbule, after the final league round.
In the day's another fixture, Police came from two sets down to defeat Army 20-25, 23-25, 26-25, 25-23, 15-11.
The final matches are scheduled for Thursday.