The first North Central Volleyball Classics has served off in Jos to the delight of fans and other onlookers who thronged the National Indoor Sports Hall in Rayfield.

The competition was declared open by the Plateau State Governor who was represented by the Plateau State Commissioner for Sports, Victor Lapang.

Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were the former Sole Administrator of the National Sports Commission, Alhassan Yakmut, the Director of Sports Plateau State Simon Moven, the Kogi State Director of Sports, and the Directors of Sports of all the participating States including that of the FCT, the Plateau State Commandant of the NSCDC, and other officials from the participating States.

The first match pitched the Plateau State male volleyball team against their opponents from Benue State and despite the spirited efforts of the Food Basket Spikers, they still fell 3-0 to the superior firepower of the Tin City Spikers.

The second match of the day also saw Kogi and the FCT in an evenly matched duel complete with ferocious spikes, daredevil blocks and thunderous services. As much as the FCT lads huffed and puffed, they were subdued by the expert coordination and patient buildup employed by the Confluence Spikers.

The 3-0 defeat inflicted on the FCT Spikers by the Confluence Spikers did not reflect the hard fight put up by the lads from the Centre of Unity.

Matches will continue on Tuesday at 9am with the male teams of Kogi and Nasarawa lighting up the court before the female teams will open their accounts.

Fans who thronged the venue to effort the artistry of volleyball praised the organizers for the pristine organization and also heaped encomiums on the match officials for doing a thorough job on each and every call.

The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Kayode Edwards, commended all the participating teams for turning up to showcase their skills and win laurels.

The chief organizer of the tournament, Alhassan Yakmut reiterated that the competition is serving to rekindle the flickering flames of volleyball on the Plateau and indeed the North Central Nigeria.

He promised that efforts will be made to sustain the showpiece and make it a yearly affair.

Credits : David King