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Pro Volleyball League 2019 Semi-final 1: Calicut Heroes vs U Mumba Volley - Live Score, Commentary, and Updates

Calicut Heroes win 15-12, 15-9, 16-14 U Mumba Volley
Updated: 19 February 2019 20:27 IST - Published: 19 February 2019 16:48 IST
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That's all from the first semifinal of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League 2019! Join us tomorrow for the second semifinal between the Kochi Blue Spikers and Chennai Spartans. Until then, this is Prasen Moudgal signing off!

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the live updates from the remainder of the league.
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Jerome Vinith was the star of the show for the Calicut Heroes as the skipper led from the front with 12 points, while Iluoni Ngampourou contributed on both fronts to notch up six points. 
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The Calicut Heroes are the first team to make it to the finals of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League 2019! 

A fine three-set win for the Jerome Vinith-led side as they trounce U Mumba Volley 15-12, 15-9, 16-14 in the first semifinal.
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Calicut Heroes claim the set and with that the match as Vinit Kumar's spike lands out of bounds!

Calicut Heroes 16 - 14 U Mumba. 
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What a costly error from U Mumba Volley! Miscommunication brings the ball crashing down at the center as the Heroes now have match point. 

Calicut 15 - 14 U Mumba.
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Jerome Vinith keeps the set in balance with a curling spike to the center. 

Calicut 14 - 14 U Mumba.
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Vinit Kumar brings about the lead for U Mumba with a powerful spike to the left. 

Calicut 13 - 14 U Mumba.
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Scores drawn level yet again as Karthik A collects an important point. 

Calicut 13 - 13 U Mumba.
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Double contact error from the Heroes as the U Mumba Volley team takes a one-point lead. 

Calicut 12 - 13 U Mumba.
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The Heroes level scores as Paul Lotman's spike takes a deflection off Pankaj's block. 

Calicut 12 - 12 U Mumba.
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Time-out called by U Mumba Volley.
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Wow! Super Serve from Jerome Vinith! The Heroes's skipper picks up two vital points as his serve lands inches inside the court to bring with it two points. The lead is down to a solitary point. 

Calicut 11 - 12 U Mumba.
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Karthik A brings two points with a delicate lob over the defenders on the Super Point. 

Calicut 9 - 12 U Mumba.
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Pankaj Sharma is set up on the right side as he converts the advantage into a spike point. 

Calicut 7 - 12 U Mumba.
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Time-out called by Calicut Heroes.
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Dipesh Sinha comes to the party with a solo block on Ajith Lal's spike. 

Calicut 7 - 11 U Mumba.
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Service error from Ngampourou yet again as U Mumba reach double digits. 

Calicut 7 - 10 U Mumba.
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Calicut slowly finding their way back into the contest as Dipesh Sinha gets a touch on the net to gift away a point. 

Calicut 7 - 9 U Mumba.
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Point for Calicut as Jerome Vinith strikes from the right side and angles the spike away from the defenders. 

Calicut 6 - 9 U Mumba.
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Dipesh Sinha and Pankaj Sharma combine to bring down a firm spike from Paul Lotman. 

Calicut 5 - 9 U Mumba.
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Time-out called. 
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U Mumba Volley claim yet another point as Ngampourou's deft touch takes the ball out. 

Calicut 5 - 8 U Mumba. 
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Iluoni Ngampourou's spike gets a deflection off Saqlain Tariq's block.

Calicut 5 - 7 U Mumba.
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First team review of the season as Tomislav Coskovic claims that his spike got a touch on Ngampourou before it went out of bounds. Oh, wait! Looks like the touch was on Paul Lotman's wrist as U Mumba get the point. 

Calicut 4 - 7 U Mumba.
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Ajith Lal unable to find his bearings as his spike goes out of bounds yet again. 

Calicut 4 - 6 U Mumba.
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Paul Lotman does well to receive a powerful serve as Ngampourou finishes off with a slight push towards the center.

Calicut 4 - 5 U Mumba.
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Prince and Saqlain Tariq combine to deflect the ball down into Calicut's court on Ajith Lal's spike. 

Calicut 3 - 5 U Mumba.
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Vipul sets up Karthik A close to the net as the all-rounder jumps up and presses the ball down with pace. 

Calicut 3 - 4 U Mumba. 
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Paul Lotman's powerful serve lands only a few inches out of the court to hand a point to U Mumba. 

Calicut 2 - 4 U Mumba.
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Paul Lotman strikes on this occasion as he finds an empty space to land a powerful spike. 

Calicut 2 - 3 U Mumba.
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Dominating play from Dipesh Sinha as he combines with Vinit Rai to deny a spike from Paul Lotman. 

Calicut 1 - 3 U Mumba.
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Jerome Vinith's serve goes out of bounds as U Mumba take the lead. 

Calicut 1 - 2 U Mumba.
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U Mumba skipper Dipesh Sinha is livid over the call of the point in the Heroes' favor. 

Calicut 1 - 1 U Mumba. 
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Pankaj Sharma claims the opening point of the third set with a calm deposit of the ball over the defenders' reach. 

Calicut 0 - 1 U Mumba.
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The third set is underway.
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The Heroes are now only one set away from wrapping the match up with a 15-12, 15-9 advantage and if U Mumba Volley need to get a hold back in this encounter, they will certainly need to conjure up a special algorithm to find their way back. 

Can U Mumba strike a comeback or will the Heroes clinch a hat-trick of sets and with that the match?
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Calicut Heroes win the second set 15 - 9. 

U Mumba Volley certain looked out of steam in the second set as the Heroes converted the lead into a big win, orchestrated yet again by Jerome Vinith (4 points) and Iluoni Ngampourou (2 points).
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Pankaj runs in from the back-line and attempts a spike but the ball goes out of bounds as the Heroes wrap up the second set. 

Calicut 15 - 9 U Mumba. 
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Pace on Jerome Vinith's serve but in vain as the ball finds the net. 

Calicut 14 - 9 U Mumba.
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Calicut Heroes celebrate a point too early but in the end recover to get the ball back in play as Karthik A's spike brings them the point. 

Calicut 14 - 8 U Mumba.
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Jerome Vinith's spike lobs up from U Mumba's block as the libero's attempt to dig is in vain. 

Calicut 13 - 8 U Mumba.
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A wayward serve from Iluoni Ngampourou lands out of the court. 

Calicut 12 - 8 U Mumba.
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U Mumba certainly losing their way as Pankaj's error gifts the Heroes an important point.

Calicut 12 - 7 U Mumba.
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Vinit Kumar commits yet another error as he adds too much pace on the spike as the Heroes win the first Super Point of the set. 

Calicut 11 - 7 U Mumba.
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Jerome Vinith strikes from the right side on this occasion with a powerful spike. 

Calicut 9 - 7 U Mumba.
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U Mumba pick a point post the break as Dipesh Sinha's blocks Ajith Lal's spike. 

Calicut 8 - 7 U Mumba.
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Time-out called by Calicut Heroes.
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Jerome VInith on fire as his power-packed spike lands with a thud. 

Calicut 8 - 6 U Mumba. 
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Error from Paul Lotman gives yet another point to U Mumba. 

Calicut 7 - 6 U Mumba.
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Iluoni Ngampourou attempts a spike which takes a deflection off Prince to land out of bounds. 

Calicut 7 - 5 U Mumba.