Kathmandu, February 24:
Playing without their influential skipper Bharat Shah and Saroj Shrestha, Nepal Police Club (NPC) won the first National Menâ€™s Super League Volleyball with a comfortable 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 win over Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) here at the National Sports Council Covered hall today.
The Policemenâ€™s victory means they topped the league with five wins from as many matches. Policeman Prem Bhandari won the man of the match award. The NPC ended their campaign with 10 points, one more than runners up Army Club. The TACâ€™s defeat was their first in five matches.
After the completion of the Super League, top four teams â€” NPC, TAC, Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club and Ex-Bagar â€” were promoted for the â€˜Aâ€™ Division. Bottom two teams â€” Jawalakhel Volleyball Training Centre (JVTC) and Employment Creation Services (ECS) â€” were relegated.
Meanwhile, APF claimed the third position after defeating Ex-Bagar 27-25, 25-17, 25-21 in straight sets. The APF finished with eight points while Ex-Bagar scored a point less to clinch the last berth available for the upper Division. Naresh Chand of the winning team was declared the man of the match.
In another match between winless teams, JVTC overcame ECS 25-21, 25-20, 25-16. With their first win in five matches, JVTC collected six points while ECS earned five and returned without a win in the Super League. Som Thapa of the JVTC was adjudged the man of the match. Each team received two points for a win and one for loss.