The match between Changtongya Volleyball Association (red) and MH-10 at the Indisen village ground on December 12. (Morung Photo)
Morung Express News
Dimapur | December 12
The All Nagaland Open Volleyball Tournament got off to an exciting start on December 12 at Indisen village, Dimapur. The tournament, organised by Horua Welfare Society Indisen, carries a total cash prize of Rs 2.15 lakh with eight teams in the fray.
Organised in a round-robin format, the top two finishers in the group games will make it to the semi-finals. The competing teams are divided into two groups with four teams each. Each team will play three games in the group round.
In Group A, Changtongya Volleyball Association (CVA) was undefeated in two games. CVA beat Trinity Club 25-15, 25-20 followed by a 19-25, 25 -16, 19-25 win over MH-10 (Kohima) in the second.
MH-10 defeated Sumi Games & Sports Association (SGSA) 29-27, 25-20 in its other game. SGSA won its second game against Trinity 25-22, 21-25, 31-29.
In Group B, Volleyball for Peace (Longsa), won its two games against Kimipfüphe and Tatar Club (Longphayimsen) in straight sets— 25-22, 25-16 and 25-18, 25-17, respectively.
Kimipfüphe and Tatar won their respective games against Alizung Club (Yajang).
One game each remains for each team in both groups.
Earlier, addressing the inaugural programme, Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi underscored the need to promote volleyball in the state. According to him, volleyball is very popular in Nagaland with the game played in almost all the villages. As a sport, he said that volleyball does not require much infrastructure and given the game’s popularity, he said that it would be a productive endeavour to channel time and effort promoting the game and players. In this regard, he assured of support from the district administration towards the promotion of the game. He further, lauded the Indisen villagers for keeping the village clean and said that keeping the surrounding clean must be inculcated by all.