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Bangamata Women’s Volleyball Favourites Nepal end Bangladesh’s final hopes

  • Published at 04:37 pm November 12th, 2019

Nepal and Maldives have now secured finals berths after winning their first three matches, while Bangladesh are tied for third place decider with Kyrgyzstan.

The Bangladesh women volleyball team’s hopes of reaching the final of the inaugural Bangamata Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone International Volleyball Championship 2019 is ended as they conceded a 3-0 defeat to favourites Nepal at the Shaheed Sohrawardi Indoor Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka Tuesday.

Nepal and Maldives have now secured finals berths after winning their first three matches, while Bangladesh are tied for third place decider with Kyrgyzstan.

The newly formed Bangladesh team was no match for Nepal, losing 25-7, 25-6, and 25-6 in the three sets. Nepal have high expectations, targeting the gold medal in women’s volleyball at the South Asian Games to be held in the country next month, after having finished third behind India and Sri Lanka in the last edition in 2016. 

Despite the loss, Bangladesh head coach Golam Rasul Mehedi said he was still happy with his side’s performance.

“These girls are new in the game. They had not played any international matches before, while the Nepalese players are professional. They [the Bangladesh team] became nervous, but if they play more games at this level then they will no longer be,” he added

“We have to improve on our service, as well as receiving. We have to work hard in the days leading up to the SA Games, and our girls will hopefully perform better there. We are not expecting a medal there, and are focusing on developing our game,” the coach further said.

The Nepal team includes five players who have been playing at the senior level for five years, while the remaining six are new recruits for the ongoing tournament. Their top player Pratibha Mali has experience playing in various foreign leagues, while new player Sunita Khadka showed her potential by being the best player in the match against Bangladesh yesterday. 

Nepal and Maldives will play each other on the last day of the round-robin stage today in what is effectively a warm-up for the final, while Bangladesh will face Kyrgyzstan to decide third place in the second match of the day.

Points Table

Team                     Pts          M            W            L

Nepal                    9              3              3              0

Maldives              8              3              3              0

Kyrgyzstan          4              3              1              2

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