Jerome magic helps Chennai Spartans secure a place in the final 8 of Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship
Chennai Spartans, winners of the Inaugural season of RuPay Pro Volleyball League, cruised to the final 8 of the Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship after defeating Qatar’s Al-Rayyan Club in their last Pool C encounter of the 2019 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the University of Taipei (Tianmu) Gymnasium on Saturday. The victory was orchestrated by Jerome Vineeth and Ashwal Rai who scored 19 and 15 points respectively. The win wouldn’t have proved enough for the Chennai team who also needed the result of the match between Kazakhstan’s TNK Kazchrome and Est Cola to go their way. A win for the Thai club ensured India’s place in the next round. <br><br><br>It was Spartans’ second win on the trot, they had earlier defeated Thailand’s Est Cola on Friday. With two wins out of their three fixtures, they emerged the second team in Pool C. Al-Rayyan who had the services of Luxembourg’s Kamil Rychlicki and Youssef Oughlaf, proved too hot to handle earlier on as they raced to a 25-22 win in the first set. The second set was dominated by the Indian Latvian duo of Jerome Vineeth and Ruslans Sorokins who were ably supported by Mohan Ukkrapandian’s serving and setting. The result was a resounding 25-20 win in the second set. <br><br><br>With Jerome coming into his own, the Spartans didn’t look back and looked even more ruthless in their 25-19 demolition of the Qatar based club in the third round. Brazilian Marcus Costa and Youssef took full advantage of the lapse in Chennai’s concentration in Set 4 to mount a strong comeback with a 25-14 win and took the match to the final set. <br><br><br>The tie-breaker saw some intense action. After Al-Rayyan brought the deficit to 1 point at 13-14, Akhin landed the final punch by smartly producing a mid-court drop to ensure a 15-12 win in the deciding set and match.
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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