Volleyball bumps from prelimineries to semifinals

The national sport of Sri Lanka was the show of interest at the Rajarata University Gymnasium, which held the pride of hosting the island’s national sport for this year’s Inter University Games. 28 men’s and women’s teams which contested well for two days starting from 27th July narrowed down to 16 teams beating their opponents at the preliminary rounds.

The teams which were selected to the quarter finals were both the men’s and women’s teams of the Universities of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sabaragamuwa, Rajarata, Colombo, Kelaniya, Peradeniya and Moratuwa as well as the men’s team of University of Ruhuna and the women’s team of South Eastern University.

With serves, attacks, spikes and digs, and the ball rapidly flying over the net, the score boards were tirelessly changing their numbers. At the end of the day, it wasn't the spikes or the serves that mattered: what mattered were the figures that the players managed to put on the score board, the number of sets they managed to record in front of their university’s name.

The girls of Colombo and Moratuwa stepped into the court, initiating the quarter finals on Saturday in the afternoon. Colombo controlled the game from the beginning and went on to win the match by winning two sets consecutively. Following their women’s team the men from Colombo won the next match which was against the hosts, University of Rajarata by a score of 2-0. Keeping in line with the trend of winning 2-0, the men’s team from Kelaniya beat the team from Peradeniya and the women’s team from Rajarata beat the J’pura team.

In spite of the women losing their first quarter final match, the men of University of Moratuwa won against Ruhuna, again by 2-0. The match between the Pera and Kelaniya girls changed the winning score card and trend of the 2-0 winning style, when Pera beat Kelaniya by 2-1. Next to join the winning teams was the women’s team from Sabaragamuwa, defeating Ruhuna, again by 2-0. Unlike their women, J’pura men won against the hosting Rajarata by 2-0. It was followed by the men’s team from Colombo defeating the team from South Eastern University.

The quarter final round ended with high spirit with the men’s teams from universities of Moratuwa, Colombo, J’pura and Kelaniya and the women’s teams from universities of Peradeniya, Sabaragamuwa, Rajarata and Colombo registering their names under the semifinals, which were to be held on Sunday.

Article by: Yumna Albar

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