Two Tamil Nadu teams lead women’s volleyball finals, Reuters reports

Deant in the third set of the second women’s volleyball semifinal, Ananthakumara’s disappointment overcame. His team at Bharathiar University had convincingly won the first two games against MG University Kottayam. At the start of the third game, they ran away with a six-point lead before the MGU began to fall. The tension was felt as he raced down the field, almost oblivious to the rain. Ananthakumar was the scorer.

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“The third set is very important in the game of volleyball,” he says. “Even if you have a two-set advantage, if you lose a third, a change of momentum can change the game. So I was really excited.

There were other reasons. MG University won a bronze medal in the All-India Inter-University Championship in 2021, and Bharathiar made it to the quarterfinals. Revenge was cooking. When it was finally handed out (Bharathiar won with 25:19, 25:15, 25:20), it was done thanks to simple adjustments made by the team learning from defeat.

“They have good blockers, we knew that,” says Ananthakumar. “The difference would be to serve, and I can say that we didn’t make a mistake today and we always served deeply, it was a big difference compared to before.”

Among the spectators was the Bharathiar team, which will meet the reigning All India Inter-University champion SRM University in the finals. SRM University defeated Adam University in the first semifinal with 3: 0 (25:20, 25:14, 25:15). Ananthakumar celebrated by first embracing his team and then rushing to meet and embrace their coach VK Omprakash.

“We are best friends,” Omprakash smiles. “I couldn’t be more proud that we’re dealing with them. For a few years, they struggled a lot with funding, intelligence, etc., and that result will be a big boost for everyone.

“Their success with a unique locking system is also something to think about,” he says. “We are aware of their strengths and they know us very well. It will be a great game. »

The two teams had already met in a group tournament, with SRM beating the winners 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-11), but Omprakash expects a tougher challenge in the final. “But most importantly,” he said, “we’re just glad we’re playing against each other in the finals. Two teams from Tamil Nadu! That’s fine!”

It was an obvious ambition of Bharatiar to use their ability at attacking on the flanks. Both Ananthakumar and Omprakash reiterate the idea that this kind of outcome and the sweeping of medals could even lead to more state intervention in the sport. “It would be great if volleyball players had more jobs,” Omprakash said. “The railway is their only option at the moment, but I hope that consistent results such as this at such well-organized and prestigious events as the Khelo Indian University Games will attract more attention. Girls can only get better.

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