The State inter-club volleyball championship opens at the Municipal Stadium here on Sunday.
In the inaugural match, SAI, Thalassery, takes on Assumption College, Changanassery. Four more teams —defending champion KSEB, Kerala Police, Sports Division (Kannur) and St. Joseph’s College (Irinjalakuda) —complete the line-up in the women’s event. Two men’s matches, Cochin Customs v Indian Navy and Indian Army v SAI (Kozhikode), will also be played on the opening day. The other teams in the fray for the men’s title are reigning champion BPCL, Cochin Port Trust, KSEB and Kerala Police. The top two teams from each pool will make it to the semifinals, to be played on Feb. 15 and 16. Both the men’s and women’s final will be held on Feb. 17.
The groupings: Men: Pool ‘A’: BPCL, Indian Army, SAI (Kozhikode) and Cochin Port Trust. Pool ‘B’: Cochin Customs, Indian Navy, Kerala Police and KSEB. Women: Pool ‘A’: KSEB, Sports Division (Kannur) and St. Joseph’s College. Pool ‘B’: SAI (Thalassery), Assumption College and Kerala Police.