Wapda retain National Men’s Volleyball title
LAHORE – Wapda successfully defended their title after beating Pakistan Navy in a hotly-contested final of the National Men’s Volleyball Championship, which concluded at the POF Sports Complex on Sunday.
According to information made available here, Wapda tamed Navy 3-1 with the score 25-22, 26-28, 25-17 and 25-18. Earlier, Pakistan Army beat Pakistan Air Force (PAF) 3-1 with the score 26-24, 21-25, 25-18 and 25-20 to earn the third position in the championship.
The sailors entered the court amid thunderous support from the crowd and started the first game in highly aggressive style. Wasit and Abuzar exerted pressure on Wapda and made them to work extra hard to earn points. They smashed forcefully and also blocked Wapda’s attacks effectively. In the last minutes of the game Naseer Ahmad and Muneer Khan rescued their team with three straight points to end the game at 25-22.
In the second game, Navy’s Mubashir, Wasit and Abuzar again guided their team to get some valuable points earning precious points and got a decent lead for their team which they maintained till 23-21. Murad of Wapda evened the points with his brilliant display of smashes. But the highly charged sailors won the game.
Wapda bounced back forcefully in the third game amid excellent demonstration of smashes and blocking Navy’s attacks. The sailors also made wrong serves to award points to their opponents as Wapda was enjoying a comfortable lead of six points. The sailors showed more aggression and toiled hard to reduce the margin but Naseer and Muneer kept them busy making mistakes through their effective blocking and forceful serves.
Wasit and Asif earned four points in a row within minutes the fourth game started. They maintained their lead till 10-8 but from that stage Wapda took control of the game through intelligent demonstration of resilience, skill and experience of their players.
POF Board member production coordination M Afzal grace the concluding ceremony as chief guest and gave away winning trophy to Wapda’s captain Naseer. Murad Jehan of Wapda was declared player of the tournament.