Kerala women beat Railways to clinch National Volleyball Championship

Kerala women beat Railways to clinch National Volleyball Championship
Players in action during the women's National Volleyball Championship final between Kerala and Railways.
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Chennai: Kerala women finally broke the jinx as they beat Railways 20-25, 25-17, 17-25, 25-19, 15-8 to clinch their 11th National Volleyball Championship title, here on Tuesday.

The Keralites had lost to Railways in the past ten consecutive finals.

In the men's final, Karnataka dashed the hopes of the home team, Tamil Nadu, winning 21-25, 36-34, 25-18, 25-14.

In the women's summit clash, Railways got off to a quick start and went ahead 8-4 before Kerala clawed its way back and levelled at 17-all.

The railway women pulled away to clinch the set 25-20.

In the second game, the two teams were level pegging in the initial phase before Kerala nosed ahead with enterprising play.

In the third set, the Railways team raised its level of play and opened up a big lead.

Despite a late fightback by Kerala, the formidable Railways took the set.

Kerala came out fighting in the fourth set and won it 25-19 to set up a decider.

The final set saw the two sides fight hard and after a stiff battle for each point, Kerala went ahead 10-8.

There was no stopping Kerala from there as the team won seven points on the trot to complete a memorable victory.

Kerala had last won the women's title in 2007.

In the semifinals, Kerala women had thrashed Maharashtra 25-19, 25-18, 25-19.

The men's final was also a well-fought one and Karnataka did well to quell the host's challenge, bouncing back after losing the first set 21-25 to take the next three 36-34, 25-18, 25-14.

The home team backed by a vocal crowd was in the hunt for the first two sets.

The loss of the second saw Tamil Nadu players lose steam and go down without much of a fight.

In the third place match, Kerala men beat Punjab in straight sets.

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