The inaugural edition of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League 2019 comes to a close as the Calicut Heroes take on Chennai Spartans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the title decider.
Calicut Heroes come into the final clash with an unbeaten record through the league stages, dominating the competition with their strong all-round play. Chennai Spartans have emerged as the dark horses in the tournament, from barely qualifying for a semi-final berth in the final two days of the league stages to scripting a stunning win over Kochi Blue Spikers in the semifinals.
Calicut Heroes have been banking on their strong spiking talent to outshine their opponents in the RuPay Pro Volleyball League as skipper, Jerome Vinith and 'Hydrogen Boy', Ajith Lal C have set the league on fire with their spike points.
Vinith has amassed a tally of 66 points in six matches, with his teammate, Ajith Lal C following up closely with 65 points in the same number of matches.
Chennai Spartans have a similar attacking composition of players with the likes of Rudy Verhoeff, Ruslans Sorokins and Naveen Raja Jacob proving crucial to their run to the final. Rudy Verhoeff leads the spike points standings with 77 points from 6 matches. Naveen Raja Jacob has 53 points with Ruslans Sorokins picking up 45 points.
The Chennai side will be in high spirits after their comeback win over Kochi Blue Spikers and will enjoy the backing of the home crowd. Calicut Heroes will aim to cap off their season on a perfect undefeated note and become the champions of the first edition of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League.
Predicted Starting Six
Calicut Heroes: Jerome Vinith (C), Paul Lotman, Ajith Lal C, Karthik A, Iluoni Ngampourou, Vipul Kumar
Chennai Spartans - Shelton Moses (C), Rudy Verhoeff, Ruslans Sorokins, Akhin GS, Naveen Raja Jacob, V Hariharan
Telecast Details, When and Where to watch
Date: 22nd February 2019, Friday
Start time: 6.50 PM IST
Live Telecast: Sony Six, Sony Ten 3
Live Streaming: Sony LIV (App and Website)