Tamil Nadu wards excel

The victorious Tamil Nadu boys team.-

That Tamil Nadu is a powerful force in Indian volleyball was proved to the hilt when the state boys and girls walked away with the trophies in the mini-National championship, conducted by the St. Joseph’s College of Engineering in Chennai.

The six-day competition featured 20 teams in the boys’ and 19 in the girls’ section. With technical inputs from the national coach, G. E. Sridharan, and the former international, J. Nadarajan, who doubled as the organising secretary, the event was conducted with a professional touch.

The Tamil Nadu teams had a comfortable run throughout, although the girls had to stretch themselves a bit to quell the challenge posed by West Bengal in the final.

The boys’ team was balanced both in defence and attack. Rajadurai was the centre of attraction with his perfectly angled spikes while Selvanayagam’s jump serve often caught the rivals off-guard. Antony was another prominent player for TN in the final against Uttar Pradesh. TN won 25-23, 25-20, 25-15.

Vishnu Priya and Sobiya came off well in the girls’ final against West Bengal matching the combined displays of Megha Paul and Ishita Roy. TN won 25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 25-11.

Delhi and Kerala won the bronze medals for boys and girls, beating Andhra and UP respectively.

Dr. B. Babu Manoharan, Managing Director, St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, gave away the prizes in the presence of C. SakthiKumar, Director, Panimalar Group , and S. Vasudevan Chairman and Managing Director, KALS Group.

S. Thyagarajan