Women’s Vol­ley­ball: San­harib Win Kur­dis­tan League Ti­tle

The Kurdish Globe - - SPORT -

San­harib team man­aged to stay on top of the league de­spite los­ing to Bray­ati 2-1 in the fi­nal match, San­harib women’s vol­ley­ball team was able to win Kur­dis­tan vol­ley­ball elite league ti­tle.

The match was held at Akad Club’s in­door hall in Ainkawa town on Fe­bru­ary 15. Akad Vol­ley­ball team fans were amazed by the level of skill and pro­fes­sion­al­ism shown in the game be­tween the two teams. The au­di­ence was ec­static with en­ergy, and fans filled up the seats, among them were sev­eral gov­ern­men­tal of­fi­cials. Both teams re­ceived sup­port from their fans, who cheered for them till the last minute of the event.

Bray­ati per­formed fan­tas­ti­cally, and con­trolled the game from the out­set, keep­ing the pres­sure till the last minute of the game. The game was tense, and the fans were loud. The first pe­riod fin­ished at 25-21. San­harib was able to equal­ize the re­sults af­ter win­ning the sec­ond pe­riod at 25-21. San­harib was close to fin­ish the third pe­riod in its fa­vor, but Bray­ati re­turned with power, end­ing the last pe­riod of the game with a 15-12 vic­tory.

De­spite los­ing in the fi­nal match, San­harib re­mained on the top of the league due to col­lect­ing more points than all the other par­tic­i­pat­ing teams.

"We lost the match, but we are still cham­pi­ons. The league was very strong and there were sev­eral com­pet­i­tive teams fight­ing for the ti­tle," said Da­wood Ra­ban, San­harib Sports Club pres­i­dent.

De­spite ap­pre­ci­at­ing the league or­ga­niz­ers for run­ning the matches suc­cess­fully, Ra­ban crit­i­cized Kur­dis­tan Vol­ley­ball Fed­er­a­tion (KVF) for let­ting the play off matches run in an in­ap­pro­pri­ate time. "We were not no­ti­fied on time re­gard­ing when the play off matches would run. Gen­er­ally we were not pre­pared; that is why we lost in the fi­nal match. Any­ways we are still cham­pi­ons." Noted Ra­ban.

Mean­while, Ta­nia Ka­reem, Bray­ati vol­ley­ball team coach, said “I am pretty much sat­is­fied with my play­ers' per­for­mances. They really played a fan­tas­tic game. I am sure that we could even play bet­ter if my play­ers had more time for train­ing be­fore the match”.

Ten teams took part in this year's Kur­dis­tan vol­ley­ball league. Akad, Bray­ati, San­harib and Pesh­marga reached the Kur­dis­tan cham­pi­onships, which is a play­off stage where four teams play each other af­ter qual­i­fy­ing among ten teams, which are di­vided into two groups in the first round.

Af­ter the match the league tro­phy and medals were pre­sented by KVF head Has­san Ali, KVF head deputy, Ramzi Wali, and Dil­shad Musa, Brayti club sec­re­tary to win­ners, run­ners up, and the third team.

San­harib be­came the cham­pi­ons of the league af­ter col­lect­ing 13 points; Bray­ati ended the league as run­ners up af­ter gath­er­ing 11 points; Akad won the third place with 11 points; Pesh­marga placed fourth with only 1 point.

Bray­ati girls cel­e­brate for end­ing Kur­dis­tan Vol­ley­ball league as run­ners up.

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