Calicut Heroes become the first team to reach the final of RuPay Pro Volleyball League
~ Will play the winner of Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Chennai Spartans ~<br><br>~ Calicut defeat U Mumba in straight sets 15-12, 15-9,16-14~<br><br>Chennai, February 19th 2019: First semi-final of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League saw Calicut Heroes defeating U Mumba Volley in straight sets 3-0 (15-12,15-9,16-14) and become the first team to reach the final. Skipper Jerome Vinith led the scoring for Calicut with 12 points (10 spikes and 2 serves) whereas Vinit Kumar was the leading scorer for U Mumba with 7 points (4 spikes and 3 blocks).<br><br>The first set started with Calicut taking the early advantage with a 4-2 lead. Both teams were not allowing each other to gain a major advantage, but service errors by U Mumba hurt them. Calicut entered the first Technical Time Out (TTO) with a two-point advantage at 8-6. U Mumba called for a Super Point at 6-9 and successfully converted the same with a Pankaj Sharma spike taking U Mumba within a point’s distance. They soon levelled the score at 10-10, Calicut now called for a Super Point and converted as Sharma misdirected his spike. The score stood at 12-10 in Calicut’s favour. Calicut finally came out victorious in the set by 15-12 as Vinit Kumar’s second service error handed them the set.<br><br>It was a neck-to-neck fight in the second set as both teams countered each other well. At 4-4, Calicut picked up their game and for the first time in the set a clear difference of points of visible when skipper Vinith’s spike established an 8-6 lead at TTO. Vinith was in devastating form as he was spiking everything through the U Mumba defence. Calicut was looking unstoppable as they won the second set 15-9 to lead 2-0 in the match.<br><br>U Mumba had a strong start to the third as they led 6-4 owing to three unforced errors by Calicut. The newly introduced review system came to U Mumba’s aid on the 5th point for Calicut. A successful review helped U Mumba establish a 7-4 lead. U Mumba entered the TTO leading 8-5. They continued in the same way and established a 12-7 lead. Calicut called for a Super Point and converted to reduce the deficit to 3 and followed it up with a Super Serve by skipper Vinith. U Mumba now only had a point advantage. Calicut showed why they were unbeaten through the tournament as they levelled the score at 12-12 from 7-12 down. Calicut won the set 16-14 as Karthik A served brilliantly for the 15th point and a Kumar error awarded the match to them by 3-0.<br><br>Kochi Blue Spikers will play against Chennai Spartans on February 20th. The match 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: Jerome Vinith from Calicut Heroes<br><br>Final Score: Calicut Heroes beat U Mumba Volley – 15-12, 15-9,16-14
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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