The Lankan Volleyball lases drew first blood in their 13th SAG Medal chase with a fluid 3-nil victory over Maldives at the Main Games Centre at Dasharath Rangashala Tripureshwor, Kathmandu today (29th November 2019).
The Lankan girls now have made it two from two as they enjoyed a walkover the promising Pakistani ensemble on Thursday. Now their next challenge comes against the home team Nepal in a semi-final tie up, where the Lankan now look confident of making a game of it, at the same venue tomorrow.
Though the ultimate result read a one-sided 3-0, the Asian South islanders from the tiny Maldives were always a handful and at times looked as if they were taking charge of the game. So much so, Maldives were leading the first part of the second set and took control of the proceedings in the second time off with the score reading a tentative 10-9 in their favour. However the final tally read at 25-15, 25-18 and 25-14.
After the game an elated skipper Ashani Jayatunga said “though the final score line read as such, it was a hard fought game. We always stuck to the game plan that was set by coach Roberto who is a hard task master. Besides that Hashi Lakshika and Wasanthie Konara played their part well at vital points and even tomorrow I expect these two players to play a pivotal role”.
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In the second game of the day, the Lankans emulated their female pals by registering a; 3-0 win at the same venue. The final tally reading 25-18, 25-23 and 25-17.
Unlike the women’s match; this match was marred by an incident where the Maldives team protested against a referee’s decision. It occurred when the second set was at 23 all and looked menacing for the Lankans. Then the Lankans scored another point to lead at 24-23. At that point the line referee awarded the game to the Sri Lankans when they scored another while their Maldivian counterparts held on to their stance claiming the game should continue. But, sanity prevailed after that short burst and the Lankans ended up as the worthy victors.