SRM University won the All-India Inter University volleyball tournament after defeating Calicut University in three straight sets 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 here on Saturday.
The encounter was hardly a close one in spite of the score suggesting otherwise. In the first set, SRM raced ahead to a 21-13 lead but stumbled slightly before recovering to win by 25 points to 20.
The second set was the only phase of the match where Calicut managed to match the SRM men.
It was on par at 16-16 at one point, with L.S. Arjunnath catching the eye.
However, the SRM trio of K. Ragul, V. Sathish Kumar and M. Vigneshwaran, with some crucial blocks and smashes, helped secure the set 25-23.
The men from Kerala added to their own misery by exposing large portions of the court in the centre for SRM to exploit with deft drops.
For Calicut, the problem persisted even in the third set. But SRM failed to take charge, with its serve proving wobbly.
However, helped by an impressive show by Ragul, SRM asserted itself .
Sathish Kumar hit the winning smash to bring the curtains down for Calicut on SRM’s first championship point. — Sports Reporter
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