Embattled Kazakhstan survived an enormous scare from Nepal to stun the host aspect and arrange the Sunday’s last showdown with India within the Central Asian Volleyball Association (CAVA) Volleyball Women’s Challenge Cup at NSC Covered Hall in Kathmandu.
Contesting the Friday’s semifinal encounters, unbeaten Kazakhstan struggled onerous to beat Nepal in hard-fought five-set thriller 30-28, 16-25, 15-25, 25-18, 15-7, whereas India, which even have but misplaced a match to their respective rivals, powered previous Uzbekistan in snug straight units 25-17, 25-20, 25-15
Kazakhstan and India will battle it out for the eventual title on Sunday, the ultimate day of the match. Hosts Nepal will problem Uzbekistan within the third-place playoff conflict on the identical day to struggle for bronze medal.
On Friday, India, which picked up silver medal on the final 12 months’s AVC Women’s Challenger Cup in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, fielded a robust lineup led by Soorya and Anushree of their essential match in opposition to Uzbekistan.
The Indians received off to a robust begin to take the snug opening set 25-17. However, Uzbekistan intensified their defence within the second set, permitting the Indians scoring difficulties. Fielding extra particular person skills, India bounced again with highly effective assaults from Soorya, Nirmal and Anushree to win the set 25-20 and prolong the result in 2-0.
The third set turned one-way visitors, with India attacking successfully on the internet to seize the simple set 25-15, match and last berth.
Anushree contributed 15 factors for India, whereas Soorya added 12 factors. Aziza led Uzbekistan with 12 factors.
In the extra thrilling second semifinal conflict, Kazakhstan overcame robust problem from Nepal, which captured the AVC Central Zone Championship twice in 2019 and 2021, to win the closely-contested first set 30-28, however comfortably went down within the subsequent two units 16-25, 15-25 to the host group.
In the fourth set, Kazakhstan performed with their backs in opposition to the wall. They tightened their defence and attacked devastatingly on the internet to win the set 25-18, forcing the tie-breaker. Kazakhstan remained in aggressive kind to win the decider 15-7 and match.
Uatayeva scored a game-high 16 factors for Kazakhstan, whereas Sitkazinova and Balagazibova saved good firm so as to add 12 and 11 factors respectively. Saraswoti topscored with 17 factors on the Nepal’s dropping effort.
The last showdown and the third-place playoff match shall be held on Sunday, the ultimate day of the match.
On Saturday, Maldives and Bangladesh will contest the Seventh-Eighth place playoff, with Kyrgyzstan difficult Sri Lanka for the fifth place.
Meanwhile, Mr Hitesh Malhothra from the FIVB Technical and Development Department arrived in Katmandu to witness the ultimate match on May 28. Key individuals together with Nepal Volleyball Association President Mr Jitendra Bahadur Chand gave him a heat welcome.
Mr Hitesh shall be representing FIVB and that is the primary time that FIVB has despatched a consultant to witness the CAVA volleyball occasion.
“We are honored to have Mr Hitesh Malhotra during the CAVA Women’s Challenge Cup, and his presence shows the importance given by FIVB to promote volleyball activities in the world”, mentioned Mr Jitendra on the airport.
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