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Wapda, PAF, Navy and Army take first step towards semis.

ISLAMABAD -- Reigning champions Wapda along with PAF, Navy and Army won the first leg matches of the quarter-finals in the National Men's Volleyball Championship at the POF Sports Complex, Wah Cantt on Thursday.

The second leg of the quarter-finals, to be held on Friday, will decide the semi-finals line-up.

Wapda comprising international-level players comfortably defeated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 25-12, 25-12, 25-18 in the first quarter-final. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lost the first two sets with identical margin but reduced the margin of defeat in the third set after Wapda grounded their top players.

PAF eased past Police 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 in the second quarter-final.

Fahad and Dawood broke Police defence with hard and accurate smashes while Ismail and Sheraz frustrated Police with effective blocking. Kashif-led Police fought back through his outstanding blocking and smashes in the second set but some wayward serves from his team-mates cost them the match.

In the third last-eight clash, Navy defeated hosts Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) 25-17, 25-19, 25-21.

The POF fought brilliantly against their more experienced opponents. Yasir in particular showed his class and earned some useful points for the POF but the hosts failed to stop aggression from Navy's Shujaa and Razzaq both of whom produced excellent smashes. Fighting tooth and nail in the last set, the POF came close to winning it but lost valuable points due to some wrong serves.

Ali Haider, Murad Khan, Abdullah and Usman of Pakistan Juniors team performed extremely well before they went down fighting against an experienced Army outfit in the day's last quarter-final 25-20, 25-18, 25-18.

Though the juniors offered Army significant resistance, Army players Haider and Zaheer made the difference in the end between the two teams.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 22, 2017
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