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ABHIJIT SEN GUPTA
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Volleyball Hyderabad players lived up to expectations in the recent APSRTC tournament

Hyderabad has had a long tradition of producing good volleyball players.

True to the tradition, Hyderabad players gave a good display in the recently concluded inter-region volleyball championship of the APSRTC recently. Although the team finished as the runner up, it gave an ample display of talent in the course of the tournament wherein several national level players were seen in action.

Among the players who boosted the Hyderabad HO side’s fortunes was former Indian captain K. Venkat Narayana with backing from M.V. Ramesh.

The spectacular boosting of Venkat Narayana was on show as he helped his team to some well-deserved wins.

Other internationals in the championship included Venugopal Reddy and beach volleyball player Mohd. Ghouse. The balance of experience and youth was the team’s strongpoint.

The Hyderabad outfit was able to put up a commendable show thanks mainly to its captain – the towering spiker G. Kiran Reddy a former national player and his tenacious ability to counter-attack when under pressure.

Operating in all the six zones at various times, he ably patrolled the front and back of the court.

After finishing second in volleyball, interestingly it went on to win the crown in basketball.

For the first time in the championships, three team games were introduced, the third being kabaddi.

“We are working on several fronts to further improve our performances in volleyball,” says Kiran who has had wide ranging experience as a national player. “Hard work, disciplined training and the ability to clearly understand and implement strategy are key factors in any team’s performance. So we are trying to make our players not only good at playing but also at understanding theory and strategy. I am confident that the next time our performance will be even better,” he says.

ABHIJIT SEN GUPTA

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