U Mumba Volley keep playoff hopes alive with a win over Chennai Spartans on Day 13 of RuPay Pro Volleyball League
~ U Mumba overcome Chennai 15-14, 15-8, 15-10, 10-15,10-15~<br><br>Chennai, February 16th 2019: Day 13 of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League saw U Mumba Volley win their first match and kept their playoff hopes alive beating Chennai Spartans 3-2 (15-14, 15-8, 15-10, 10-15,10-15). Skipper Dipesh Sinha was the highest scorer for U Mumba with 11 points (5 spikes, 2 blocks and 4 serves). Rudy Verhoeff yet again equalled his individual points record of 20 points in a match (14 spikes and 6 serves) only to end in the losing cause.<br><br>It was a hard-fought battle as both teams knew that it is a crucial game and didn’t allow each other any respite. Chennai Spartans got the first advantage as they went into the first Technical Time Out (TTO) with a spike from Rudy Verhoeff at 8-7. Chennai looked in good rhythm after the TTO, as they mounted a 13-8 lead with the help of Naveen Raja Jacob’s Super Serve. U Mumba called for a Super Point at 8-13 and won the same. It was the start of a comeback. At 14-10, it looked like Chennai will win the set but U Mumba closed the gap with the help of three errors by Chennai to eventually win the set 15-14.<br><br>U Mumba came out all guns blazing in the second set as they took a 4-0 lead. They were riding high on the momentum of the first set. Skipper Dipesh Sinha, Vinit Kumar and Coskovic did bulk of the scoring. The set ended at 15-8 in their favour as they took a 2-0 lead in the match.<br><br>In the third set, it seemed like a similar story but Chennai wasn’t going down easily. From 2-6 down, Chennai closed the gap to 6-7 when a Super Serve by Verhoeff gave them the advantage entering the TTO. At 9-11, Chennai called for a Super Point but failed to convert. U Mumba finally won the set 15-10 and obtained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the match.<br><br>In the penultimate set, it was Sinha and Coskovic who looked in scintillating form as they scored 5 out of 8 points to take an 8-6 lead at TTO for U Mumba. At 7-9 Chennai called for a Super Point and converted to level the score. U Mumba immediately called for a Super Point but an error by Pankaj Sharma gifted Chennai the point. Chennai finally opened their account in the match winning the fourth set 15-10.<br><br>Both teams wanted to win the final set badly as they went toe-to-toe for each point. Chennai came up with the goods as a Super Serve by V Hariharan and Verhoeff respectively helped Chennai take a 10-5 lead. Chennai called for a Super Point converted and the same was the case with U Mumba as the score stood at 13-8 in Chennai’s favour. The set ended 15-10 in Chennai’s favour and the match 3-2 in U Mumba’s.<br><br>Chennai Spartans will take on Ahmedabad Defenders on February 17th 2019. It will be broadcast Live and Exclusive on SONY SIX and SONY TEN 3 and will be streamed live on SONY LIV from 6:50 PM IST.<br><br>RuPay player of the match: Dipesh Kumar Sinha of U Mumba Volley<br><br>Final Score: U Mumba Volley defeat Chennai Spartans -15-14, 15-8, 15-10, 10-15,10-15
RuPay Pro Volleyball League
An initiative of Baseline Ventures India Pvt. Ltd and Volleyball Federation of India, RuPay Pro Volleyball League aims to transform the sporting landscape of the country by elevating the world’s fifth most popular sport to the league of the most followed sports in the coming times. The first season of the league will see 6 teams playing a total of 18 matches in Chennai and Kochi, and will be broadcasted on Sony Six, Sony Ten 3 and online platform Sony Liv.
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