Nepal APF claim volleyball crown

Pokhara, August 24

Nepal APF Club won the title of the Red Bull National Women’s Volleyball Tournament here at the Indra Rajya Laxmi School courts in Lamachaur today.

The departmental side hammered defending champions Shivam New Diamond Academy in straight sets to lift the trophy. APF won the first two sets by identical scores of 25-18 before registering a 25-12 victory over the hapless NDA team in the third set to complete a comfortable win.

APF coach Gyanendra Bista credited the defenders and blockers after the victory. “We played well today as we defended well and block well,” said Bista. “We used to lose here because of nervousness of the players. But they performed well from the beginning,” he added. “Also, the New Diamond spikers failed to put pressure on us,” said Bista.

NDA coach Kumar Rai criticised referees for biased decisions. “We were the victim of poor judgment and it will not help the sport,” said Rai. “If we are to develop the sport, we need to focus on improving the standard of referees,” he added.

Saraswoti Chaudhary of APF was declared the best spiker of the tournament, while her teammates Binita Budhathoki and Usha Bista were named the best setter and quicker respectively.

Likewise, Western Region’s Aruna Shahi and Pabitra BC won the best blocker and server awards of the event respectively, while Kamal Pun of Nepal Police Club was adjudged the best libero.

National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshab Kumar Bista handed over the prizes to the winners of the tournament organised by Nava Adarsha Community Development Society.