TN, Railways bag men`s and women`s volleyball titles

PTI| Updated: Dec 29, 2013, 18:11 PM IST

Moradabad: Tamil Nadu and Railways bagged men`s and women`s titles respectively in the 62nd Senior National Volleyball Championship here on Sunday.

Tamil Nadu thrashed Uttarakhand in the men`s summit clash 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-14).
Naveen Raja Jacob and G R Vaishnav smashed the backbone of Uttarakhand defence in the first set. The second set saw explosive spikes by TN`s Jerome Vinit and Naveen.

Furious jump serves by Naveen gave no chance to Uttarakhand in the final set as last year`s runners-up Tamil Nadu ran away with the winners trophy.

Last edition champions Kerala finished third after defeating Services 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-10).

In the women`s final match, defending champions Railways hammered Kerala 3-1 (25-17, 25-10, 23-25, 25-21) to retain their title.

Captain Minimol Abraham and Soumya V their way to take the first set. Set two was again dominated by Railways as Minmol kept striking. Kerala fought back in third set as S Rekha attacked smartly.

Railways did not allow Kerala any further leeway in the fourth set and wrapped up the match and the title.

Tamil Nadu secured third place in women`s section by thrashing Haryana 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-21).