The score boards stop flipping: Moratuwa and Sabaragamuwa win gold

The American volleyball player, Ryan Miller said, “We went into that season knowing we had great individual players, but by the end of the season we knew we had a great team. Six guys working as hard as they could every time we stepped on the floor. That is the mentality you need to be champions.”

The final matches for Volleyball for the Inter University Games were held today at the Rajarata University Gymnasium. Having moved forward from the preliminary rounds that started on Thursday, to quarter final and then semi final matches held yesterday and earlier today, the two men and two women finalists were all ready to bat the ball for the cup.

The matches began in the evening,with the two finalists for men’s, the teams from the universities of Moratuwa and Kelaniya, meeting each other over the net. The players made no blunder, being determined to give their best as individuals and as a team. After a competitive match which continued energetically till night, University of Moratuwa, beat the team from Kelaniya by 3-2, and went on to become men’s champions.

From the women’s side it were the teams from Sabaragamuwa and Rajarata that had made their way to the finals. As the saying goes, Volleyball: Invented by men, perfected by women, each player on the field bat perfectly to keep the ball off the ground. At the end, the ladies from Sabaragamuwa went on to become the champions of women’s volleyball, having a great win over Rajarata with a score of 3-1.

At the consolation matches for third place, J’pura defeated Colombo from the men’s side while Colombo beat Peradeniya in the women’s matches.

And that was how Volleyball was played at Inter University Games this year. We wish to thank our coach Mr. R. A. Pavithra, for guiding our guys into this victory. We at MoraSpirit congratulate the championing teams as well as all other teams for the good games played. While wishing them all the best for their future activities, we conclude with some words by Willie Mays: "It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day".

Article by: Yumna Albar

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