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Volleyball: COAS stops Offa as Anambra overpowers Immigrations

COAS Spikers started their campaign on a bright beating defending champions, Offa VC 3-2 (30-32, 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 15-10) in the men’s category on day one of the 2023 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in Abuja on Friday.

Offa VC took the first set of the encounter 32 to 30 points after playing for over 1 hour at the Moshood Abiola stadium. COAS came back into the game strong taking the second and third set; 25-16, 25-22.

The defending champions, Offa did not waste time to take the fourth set despite the threats from the COAS Spikers 25-23. Coach Elishama Elam made some tactical changes in the fifth set as COAS outshone Offa VC 15 to 10 points.

In another interesting men’s match, second place NSCDC beat Nigeria Police Force 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 15-11), a match played for 2 hours 55 minutes. Police won the first and fourth set with NSCDC taking the remaining three sets in style.

Kada Kings were in seventh heaven as they pummeled experienced Nigeria Immigrations 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 27-25). The youthful Kada Kings showed Nigeria Immigration no respect in all three sets bombarding them with spikes and droppings. Sunshine Spikers of Akure walked over Spartan Spikers of Yola 3-0 (25-0, 25-0, 25-0).

Meanwhile, Anambra Queens survived the scare of Nigeria Immigrations Service in the women’s match. Queens beat Immigrations 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 18-16) in an exciting encounter.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Spikers wasted no time in dispatching Life Camp VC 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-22) while league toppers, NSCDC beat COAS Spikers 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-15)

Day 1 Men’s result

NSCDC v Nigeria Police 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 15-11)
Nigeria Immigrations Service v Kada Kings 0-3 (18-25, 21-25, 25-27)
Offa VC v COAS Spikers 2-3 (32-30, 16-25, 22-25, 25-23, 10-15)
Sunshine Spikers v Spartans Spikers 3-0 (25-0, 25-0, 25-0)

Nigeria Immigrations Service v Anambra Queens 2-3 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 16-18)
Life Camp VC v CNS Spikers 0-3 (13-25, 16-25, 22-25)
COAS Spikers v NSCDC 0-3 (16-25, 21-25, 15-25)
Benue Queens v Kwara United VC 3-0 (25-0, 25-0, 25-0)

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