Karnataka men impress with third win in senior National volleyball

Karnataka posted third win inside two days after it defeated Jammu & Kashmir 5-13, 25-11, 25-17.

Karnataka's Anup D Costa plays a smash in a match at the senior National volleyball championship.   -  S. Ramesh Kurup

It is early days at the 66th senior National volleyball championship, but Karnataka men are looking good after posting its third win inside two days without dropping a set.

On Thursday, Karnataka thrashed Jammu & Kashmir 5-13, 25-11, 25-17. However, it is no guarantee that it would advance to the knock-out stage. In order to facilitate that, Karnataka has to beat Delhi, which also has posted three wins without conceding a set. So, the match on Friday will decide the winner of Pool E.

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Against J & K all it took them was just 45 minutes, as it excelled in just about every department of the game. Karnataka impressed particularly with its serves, and were able to score points directly on quite a few occasions.

A. Karthik came up with an outstanding effort for Karnataka, spiking with great power and precision besides doing a good job at the net. He received ample support from Anup D'Costa, C. M. Bharath and Raison Benet Rebello.

Earlier, women's defending champion Railways posted its second successive win over Tamil Nadu 26-24, 25-11, 25-16. Tamil Nadu had raised hopes of an interesting encounter with its performance in the opening set, but once the Railway women found their rhythm it was certain that the match would not be extended to the fourth set.

The results (preliminary league):

Men: Pool C: Madhya Pradesh bt Tripura 25-11, 25-7, 25-17; Gujarat bt Uttar Pradesh 25-17, 26-24, 25-12; Gujarat bt Chandigarh 25-23, 25-21, 25-20; Uttar Pradesh bt Madhya Pradesh 25-22, 25-17, 25-18.

Pool D: Odisha bt Pudcherry 25-18, 25-15, 21-25, 28-26.

Pool E: Delhi bt Bihar 25-23, 25-17, 25-18; Karnataka bt Jammu & Kashmir 25-13, 25-11, 25-17; Delhi bt Chattisgarh 25-20, 25-16, 25-19.

Pool F: Uttarakhand bt Bengal 25-18, 25-21, 25-20;

Bengal bt Telengana 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18; Uttarakhand bt Jharkhand 25-18, 25-19, 25-16.

Women: Pool A: Railways bt Tamil Nadu 26-24, 25-11, 25-16.

Pool B: Kerala bt Telengana 25-16, 25-14, 25-23; Maharashtra bt Uttar Pradesh 25-17, 25-10, 25-10.

Pool C: Odisha bt Maharashtra 25-19, 25-22, 25-20; Gujarat bt Odisha 25-14, 25-14, 25-23;

Mizoram bt Uttarakhand 25-7, 25-8, 25-12;

Odisha bt Mizoram 25-16, 25-19, 25-18; Gujarat bt Uttarakhandh 25-7, 25-6, 25-10.

Pool D: Bihar bt Jammu & Kashmir 21-25, 25-23, 25-27, 27-25, 15-6; Puducherry bt Assam 25-23, 25-19, 25-19; Punjab bt Puducherry 25-13, 25-18, 25-14; Karnataka bt Bihar 25-4, 25-3, 25-7; Karnataka bt Puducherry 25-11, 25-10, 25-17; Punjab bt Bihar 25-9, 25-13, 25-13.

Pool E: Jharkhand bt Tripura 25-3, 25-4, 25-6; Haryana bt Madhya Pradesh 25-20, 25-14, 25-19; Chandigarh bt Jharkhand 25-18, 25-16, 25-19.

Pool F: Rajasthan bt Jammu Kashmir 25-8, 25-14, 25-5; Delhi bt Chattisarh 25-20, 25-20, 25-19; Delhi bt Himachal Pradesh 25-16, 25-21, 25-14; Rajasthan bt Chattisgarh 26-28, 25-10, 25-19, 25-20.