With Round 3 of the 2006 National League Season split over the last two weekends at Kien Khleang, the sport sizzled hotter than the tarmac as 10 of the first 22 games went to three-set thrillers.
As the season progresses, fiery rivalries are emerging again as the race for places in the finals heats up. The Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia also have their sights firmly set on the Cambodian National Team selection for the 2007 WOVD World Cup and 2007 Asia-Pacific Championships.
Round 3 saw the Siem Reap DHL Eagles delivering the goods as always, winning five of five with the Battambang Hong Kong Center Tigers hot on their heels, clawing four of five. Kampong Speu Cambodia Air Catering Scorpions stung the opposition with four out of six while already-seasoned newcomers, the Austcare Pailin Hawks, swooped in to grab four wins from six.
The Kampong Speu AusAID Kangaroos, led by legendary National Team Captain Cha Hok, won four of their six games, yet still found time to assist in the CNVLD's extensive renovations of the Kien Khleang children's recreational area as part of the CNVLD's refurbishment of the National Rehabilitation Center for Physical Rehabilitation.
The Takeo ISPP-Templestowe Falcons put on a Deter-Mined show for the visiting group of Templestowe students from Melbourne, whose fund-raising efforts support the team, winning two of four.
Phnom Penh Sunway Dragons continued their relentless drive by not dropping a single set while cracks appeared in the Phnom Penh Siemens Demons who lost to Kratie Heidelberg Dolphins.
With the top four teams pulling away, the league still remains wide open for the finals in December.
After the Kampong Chhnang Hagar Rhinos defeated an able-bodied team from the Hagar Soy factory last Friday, the CNVLD offer remains on the table: Are any able-bodied Volleyball teams prepared to Stand Up against the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia?