Al-Hilal are the victors in the women's volleyball ©Saudi Games

Al-Hilal were forced to overcome staunch adversity from Al-Eitifaq to win the women's volleyball title following a riveting five-set final at the Saudi Games in Riyadh.

Both teams had dropped just one set throughout the competition, raising the prospect of an equal contest.

However, it also caused questions as to how either team would react once their backs were up against the wall.

Al-Eitifaq needed to answer this first when Al-Hilal claimed the first set 25-19 at the SAOC Complex.

To the delight of their supporters, they came out the blocks with a vengeance and burst into a 6-0 lead and sailed to a 25-16 set victory.

Following the alien feeling of losing a set, Al-Hilal replied by rally to a 5-1 lead in the third set.

However, Al-Eitifaq never read the script Al-Hilal wanted to inflict, overturning the deficit to win 25-21 and placing their opponents into a losing position for the first time in the competition.

Al-Eitifaq handed Al-Hilal their toughest challenge of the women's volleyball competition ©Saudi Games
Al-Eitifaq handed Al-Hilal their toughest challenge of the women's volleyball competition ©Saudi Games

Al-Hilal needed to galvanise in the fourth and they did effectively, winning 25-14.

Points were continuously exchanged in the final set, but Al-Hilal managed to deliver the killing blow to win the deciding set 15-12.

Earlier in the day, bronze was won by Alanka following a four-set triumph against Al-Faisali.

Initially Alanka won the first two sets 25-22, 25-20 but their opponents bounced back in the third to win 25-22.

Nevertheless, Alanka imposed their will to take the fourth 25-14.

In fencing, Saad Mohammed Al-Baqmi defeated Ali Al-Bahrani 15-9 to become the men's sabre individual champion.

Bronze medals were handed to Abdullah Ahmed Al-Mansaf and Adel Mukhld Al-Mutairi.

Meanwhile, Anaheed Faris Al-Khibiri won the women's foil individual gold medal with a crushing 15-2 win against Aya Ammar Yousef.

Leen Adnan Al-Fouzan took bronze alongside Joud Homoud.

In equestrian, Desert Falcons won the mixed team gold medal with Albanwani trailing in second.

Alsacb finished third.