New Diamond claim volleyball title

Kathmandu, November 5

New Diamond Academy defeated Everest Boarding School 3-0 in the girls’ section final of the first PABSON U-18 National Volleyball Tournament here today.

The boys’ category event, however, was marred by series of controversies and the organisers, Nepal School Volleyball Commission, even failed to complete the scheduled final match.

In the girls’ semi-final match played at the Dhorpatan Sports Training Club, Shivam NDA rode on allround performance from Pratibha Mali to thrash Everest School in straight sets. NDA registered a 25-13, 25-13, 25-17 victory and claimed the trophy along with the cash purse of Rs 100,000. Everest School received Rs 60,000, while Tops School — who defeated Paramount School 3-0 in the third-place playoff — earned Rs 35,000.

NDA’s Mali, who is also the national team member, was declared the best player of the tournament. She earned Rs 5,000. Likewise, Kripa Adhikari of NDA was named the best setter, while her teammate Rasmita Dura won the best defender’s award. Everest School duo Poonam Chand and Kamana Bista were named the best spiker and blocker respectively, while Mamata Dagaura of Tops bagged the best server’s award. The individual award winners received Rs 3,000 each.

National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshab Kumar Bista, Nepal Volleyball Association President Manoranjan Raman Sharma, General Secretary Jitendra Bahadur Chand, and Nepal School Volleyball Commission President Ram Bahadur KC among others handed over the prizes to the winners.

Meanwhile, the NSVC postponed the boys’ section final for Monday after they failed to hold the match on time due to controversies. The final match between Newton High School and Sacred Heart Academy was scheduled for 1:00PM but that never happened, thanks to the series of controversies. After sorting out the problems and holding the semi-final again, the organisers were forced to call off the final match due to poor light at a time when Newton were leading 1-0 against Bungtang Volleyball Association of Nuwakot. According to the organisers, the match will be played from the beginning on Monday.

The controversy began after the organisers disqualified one of the two finalists Sacred Heart School reacting on a protest filed by Three Star Academy. Sacred Heart had on Saturday entered the final with a victory over Bungtang but the organisers came up with a negative report today and disqualified them. Three Star had lodged a protest against Sacred Heart for fielding over-age players in their quarter-final match on Friday.

After expelling Sacred Heart, the organisers decided to play the semi-final match between Three Star and Bungtang. In their second attempt to make it to the final in two days, Bungtang came from two sets down to beat Three Star 3-2. Three Star won the first two sets 25-22, 25-20 before Bungtang bounced back strongly to take the remaining sets 25-21, 25-20, 15-9.