Tamil Nadu and West Bengal swapped favours in the semifinals of the girls volleyball competition of the Khelo India Youth Games at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Friday, the former winning through to the gold medal round of the under-21 event at West Bengalâ€™s expense and the team from the eastern State returning the favour in the under-17 draw.
In the semifinals of the girls under-21 section, Tamil Nadu got the better of Bengal 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 and were joined in the title round by Kerala, who blanked hosts Maharashtra by a similar 3-0 margin, 25-19, 25-18, 25-22.
The second match was a well-contested one with the Maharashtra girls keeping up with their taller rivals for long periods but in the end, Keralaâ€™s experience told to set up a final against long-time rivals Tamil Nadu.
In the girls under-17s, West Bengal beat Tamil Nadu 25-8, 25-20-25-9 to set up a meeting with Â Maharashtra for the gold medal after the hosts ousted the strongly-favoured Kerala 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 15-25, 15-11 in a pulsating encounter that went on late into the evening.
Another close clash came in the boys under-17 section where Gujarat were taken to four sets by Kerala before winning 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-13. They take on Uttar Pradesh for the gold medal on Saturday after the latter ousted Tamil Nadu 25-14, 25-20, 25-22.
The resultsÂ (semifinals):
Boys under-21:Â Kerala beat Punjab 25-22, 26-24, 25-16; Karnataka beat Maharashtra 25-19, 25-18, 25-22.
Girls under-21:Â Tamil Nadu beat West Bengal 25-20, 25-21, 25-21; Kerala beat Maharashtra 25-19, 25-18, 25-22.
Boys under-17:Â Gujarat beat Kerala 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-13; Uttar Pradesh beat Tamil Nadu 25-14, 25-20, 25-9.
Girls under-17:Â West Bengal beat Tamil Nadu 25-8, 25-20, 25-9; Maharashtra beat Kerala 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 15-25, 15-11.
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Source: Matchday Frolics