MIT Defends Inter-MAHE Volleyball Crown; Host SOAHS Bags Women’s Title
MANIPAL: Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) – A successfully defended their title as they beat Department of Commerce (DOC), Manipal in a four-set thriller in the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Inter-Collegiate Volleyball Tournament held here on Wednesday, October 10.
This year’s championship witnessed a repeat of the last edition finals as MIT faced DOC. All four sets were closely fought with high-quality spiking on display.
In the final, the first set saw MIT blocking, playing well near the net and dominating the rallies. DOC kept coming back but MIT-A always maintained a slight advantage to win the set 25-20. MIT-A showed glimpses of brilliance in the first set – playing surprise drop balls and executing fake shots with ease.
The second set saw a shift in momentum as DOC came back strong with a quick start and better net play with their number seven Dhanush leading the attack. MIT-A looked in a hurry and made a lot of mistakes with their smashes as well as conceded a lot of service faults, which ultimately cost them the set. The third set was more evenly poised as both teams were high on confidence and momentum. No team was able to hold on to their leads and were neck-in-neck till 23-23, a thunderous smash from the MIT-A captain Pratheek sealed the set 25-23.
In the fourth set, both teams started off cautiously as pressure piled on and mistakes were made. DOC took a five-point lead at 18-13 and it looked like the match would go into the fifth set. But, MIT staged a brilliant comeback in this tough situation to make it 20-20 and from then on dominated the rallies to clinch the set 25-21 and with it, the championship. The final scoreline read as follows: 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21.
In the first semi-finals, DOC convincingly defeated Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) with a scoreline of 25-17, 25-18, MIT-A easily went past Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (KMC) 25-16, 25-15. Both teams had an easy road to the finals which again made the expectations for the finals high and competitive.
The women’s final, just like the men’s event, saw a repeat of last year’s final with host School of Allied Health Science (SOAHS) getting the better of the defending champions Manipal College of Nursing(MCON) in 2 sets – avenging their final loss from last year. Ecstatic and celebrating with her teammates, Kripali M Kotian, the winning captain, said everyone played really well and the team showed great spirit.
Dr B Rajashekhar, Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences – the organising college, remarked that all teams showed great team spirit and sportsmanship. Further, he also said, “Games will have winners and losers, but they should be proud with the way they played.”
The inter-collegiate championship was held at Sharada Court on October 9 and 10 with a participation of 15 teams in the men’s category and 10 teams in the women’s category from MAHE colleges.
Featured Image Courtesy: Tanya Arora
Edited by: Tarush Dhume