North Western wins National Sports Festival Volleyball titles

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North Western Province won both the Men’s and Women’s championships at the 43rd National Sports Festival Volleyball tournament at the Kotawila Indoor Stadium, Matara.

North Western Province (NWP) defeated Sabaragamuwa Province and Western Province to win the men’s and women’s finals respectively.

Western Province bags men’s & women’s volleyball championships

Western Province continued their supremacy in the 42nd National Sports Festival as they battled through…

Men’s Category

North Western Province defeated Sabaragamuwa Province 25-19, 25-19 & 25-22 to win the final.

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In the semi-finals, North Western after an enthralling battle defeated last year’s champions Western Province. NWP won the 1st two sets 25-20 & 25-23. However, Western Province stormed back to win the next two rather easily 17-25 & 18-25. Though Western lead early in the deciding set NWP held their nerve to win the 5th set 15-12.

In the other semi-final Sabaragamuwa Province defeated North Central Province in straight sets, 26-24, 25-22 & 25-18. Western Province secured third place defeating North Central Province 27-25, 25-19 & 25-14.

Kasun Keerthirathna of NWP was adjudged the best player of the final. It was a brilliant performance from NWP, who only had one Sri Lanka national player in Kasun Fernando while Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces had a few Sri Lanka national and U23 players in their ranks.

Men’s Results

1st Round
Southern Province 25-14, 25-19, 25-16 Northern Province

2nd Round
Western Province 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 Central Province
Sabaragamuwa Province 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 Eastern Province
North Central Province 25-16, 22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-9 Uva Province
North Western Province 25-11, 25-6, 25-16 Southern Province


Women’s Category

North Western Province defeated last year’s champions Western Province 25-20, 25-15 & 25-21 to win the final.

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Western Province defeated Southern Province 25-18, 25-20 & 25-18 in the semi-final while North Western Province prevailed in 4 sets against Sabaragamuwa Province winning 25-15, 18-25, 25-16 & 25-13.

Sabaragamuwa Province won 3rd place with a 19-25, 25-18, 25-18 & 25-18 win over Southern Province. Sri Lanka U23 player Ridmi Fernando of NWP was adjudged the best player of the final.

Women’s Results

1st Round
Uva Province 25-17, 25-21, 28-26 Central Province

2nd Rounds
Western Province 25-16, 25-18, 25-15 North Central Province
North Western Province 25-12, 25-11, 25-15 Eastern Province
Sabaragamuwa Province 25-08, 25-06, 25-04 Northern Province
Southern Province 25-08, 25-21, 25-11 Uva Province