NVPL: Kano Pillars falter, NCS, others shine
Defending champions, Kano Pillars suffered a big blow to their campaign as they fell to former champions, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) in straight sets at the ongoing Nigeria Volleyball Premier League holding at the Indoor Sports Hall of Akure Stadium, Ondo State.
The competition, which is entering its second week, saw NCS beat Kano Pillars 25-20, 25-22, 25-16, in a little over an hour. Kada Kings also didn’t waste much time in defeating the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), winning in straight sets, 23-14, 25-21, 25-19.
Benue Queens were no match for Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) as the latter won in straight sets as well, 24-22, 25-23, 25-12. COAS Spikers met the female team of NSCDC with the latter showing their supremacy in straight sets, dispatching their opponents in under an hour with a scoreline of 22-14, 25-20, 25-22.
Riding on their winning wave, NCS also went on to beat Sunshine Spikers in straight sets, winning 24-22, 25-22, 25-23. OFFA VC versus Kwara United was also an easy victory for the former as they dispatched their opponents in record time, winning easily in straight sets, 23-16, 25-14, 25-22. They also dealt with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), in their second match, winning 25-22, 25-22, 20-25.
NCS further proved that they were in the competition to win when their female team met with Kada Emeralds. The NCS easily won in straights, beating their opponents, 22-2-, 25-18, 25-19.
NSCDC versus Sunshine Spikers (male) also went in the former’s favour. After a relatively easy first set, which they won 24-18, they needed to dig deep to win the next two 29-27 and 25-23.
The NPF managed to put their earlier defeat behind them, beating NCS in a tight match yesterday evening. After winning the first two sets easily 25-23, 25-12, it almost looked like a done deal but NCS came back to win the third set, 25-20. The NPF, however, rallied, to win the last set, 25-19.
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