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HSIDC shocks Kochi Refineries

By M.C. Raman



HSIDC's Sanjay (right) all set to spike the ball past Tom Joseph of Kochi Refineries Ltd. — Photo: R. Ragu

CHENNAI, JAN. 18. Haryana Small Industries Development Corporation scored a stunning 25-13, 20-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-9 victory over last year's runner-up Kochi Refineries in the men's Super League of the Nutrine Maha Lacto National League at the Nehru indoor stadium here on Sunday.

Kochi Refineries had Tom Joseph to spearhead the attack and Kishore Kumar and Rajeev for block. This was a strong combination to rattle any team. In addition Anil is the most experienced setter in the country today.

Haryana SIDC had Sanjay Kumar to lead the attack, plus Dinesh Kumar, Raghuveer Singh, a good

backcourt attacker, and Jitender. With his breathtaking jump serve which fetched him four points in a row and superb attack Sanjay Kumar helped Haryana to surge to an 18-8 lead. Raghuveer and

Jitender lent good support in attack to Sanjay as the Haryana took the first set comfortably.

However in the second set Refineries came back strongly with better net defence. Rejeev, Kishore and Tom Joseph combined well to put pressure on the rival.

With better first pass, setter Anil organised the attack better. Quick short ball attack and moving attack by Kishore consolidated the lead (18-17) despite a neck and neck race. The Kochi team raced to victory with strong block. For the first time Tom managed to get his shots perfectly.

Then Haryana regrouped again as Sanjay was once again unstoppable. It maintained a five-point lead and the Kerala team struggled to keep pace with the rival.

This time with better backcourt defence, Haryana surged to 21-15 and then took a 2-1 lead.

Then both the teams tried to wrest the initiative. As both were tied at 23-all it was an exciting finish. But the Kochi team kept its cool to make it 2-2.

In another men's match Srikanth, the best spiker in the World Youth championship, lifted South Central Railway's game with steady spike, collecting 19 points and Pradeep and Sudharshan helped their side to beat Income-Tax 25-19, 21-25, 25-17, 29-27.

SCR records win

In the women's section, South Central Railway beat Central Railway at 25-23, 25-13, 18-25, 25-21.

Razhia Sheik lifted SCR's game when the team was in trouble. Poongodi put away some easy shots and that helped Central to wrest the third set. But SCR bounced back to take the match.

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