It was CPT's second five-setter in 24 hoursKarnataka Police posts win
PAYYANNUR: Cochin Port Trust (CPT), playing its second five-setter in less than 24 hours, defeated Indian Bank, Chennai, and entered the men's National Volleyball Super League to be held in Kochi from March 7.
CPT's 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 15-12 win in a crucial National League encounter here on Friday night also helped the other Kochi team, BPCL Kochi Refineries qualify.
Port Trust has eight points with a game left, while Kochi Refineries finished with nine points.
Earlier, in the women's section, SAI, Thalassery, posted its first win of the tournament, beating GKM Foundation, Chennai, 25-16, 25-13, 25-19.
SAI won the match, for the wooden spoon, in just 45 minutes.
Predictably it was a one-sided encounter, as SAI was just too tall and too good for the Chennai team. Minimol Abraham announced that she was in great form for this game with two splendid smashes at the beginning and she continued in that vein right through the three sets.
Josme Paul and skipper P.J. Jomol, whose smashes not only had power but also grace, setter Princy Joseph, who impressed with her all-round skills, and Mephy Thomas all worked hard to deny GKM any hopes of a fightback whatsoever.
Late on Thursday night, in the men's section, Karnataka Police prevailed over ICF, Chennai, 23-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 17-15.
Saturday's matches: Women: Central Railway vs. Western Railway. Men: Cochin Port Trust vs. Karnataka Police; Indian Bank vs. South Central Railway