New Diamond, Help Nepal clinch national club volleyball championshipNew Diamond defeated Nepal Police Club 22-25, 25-11, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11 while Help Nepal downed APF 25-14, 25-20, 25-22 to win the titles.
New Diamond Sports Club became the women's champions of the fifth National NVA Club League Women's and Men's Volleyball Championship on Thursday while Help Nepal Sports Club clinched the men's title.
After stumbling at the start falling 5-0 behind, New Diamond quickly recovered to make the score 5-6 but could not cover their early deficit losing the first set 22-25 at the NSC covered hall in Tripureshwor.
But the improvement persisted and New Diamond went to win the other two sets 25-11, 25-19 thanks to national player Prativa Mali's tact and brilliance.
Despite getting closer to glory, New Diamond lost rhythm in the fourth set. Police took advantage and found the lost hope winning the set 21-25 as the match went into decider.
The fifth set was fierce until the score was tied at 9-9 but New Diamond scored four consecutive points to lead 13-9 before rallying to 15-11 victory and secure the title.
In the men's final, Help Nepal avenged their Wednesday's loss outplaying Armed Police Force (APF) Club in straight sets to retain the title. APF had defeated Help Nepal 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 in the final league round match setting up a rematch with Help Nepal.
But after bringing back the rested three Indian players in the squad for the final clash, Help Nepal were comfortable in their 25-14, 25-20, 25-22 win over the departmental team. It is the second straight men's title for Help Nepal, who have now claimed three titles.
For New Diamond, it is their first title in more than three years. They last won the title in 2018 when they defeated APF 26-24, 25-23, 28-26, 25-23 in the final of the first New Diamond Cup National Open Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
It is also New Diamond's first national NVA club league trophy since the third edition. They were also the winners of the first edition.
Both winners New Diamond and Help Nepal received a cash prize of Rs300,000 while second-placed Police women and APF men pocketed Rs175,000 each. APF women finished third and bagged a purse of Rs75,000 while Bulbule Rara Club, who ended the men's league campaign at third place, also got the same amount in reward.
Army women and Police men were fourth and cashed Rs37,500 each.
New Diamond's Mali was declared the best women's player of the tournament while Help Nepal's Binit Kumar was adjudged best men's player.
Police's Usha Bhandari, Manisha Chaudhary and Kamala Pun were named best spiker, best blocker and best setter respectively while New Diamond's Salina Shrestha, Lalita Nath and Kumar Rai were named best defender, best server and best coach.
In men's section, Bulbule's Murad Jehan, Police's Deepak Raj Joshi, Help Nepal's Bikash Kumar, APF's Binod Chand and Bulbule's Ghana Shyam Chaudhary received best spiker, best blocker, best setter, best defender and best server respectively. Help Nepal coach Ramesh KC was named the best coach.
A total of six women's teams and seven men's teams had participated in the week-long tournament.