Women’s Volleyball: Sanharib Win Kurdistan League Title
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.