The action from the second week continues in the RuPay Pro Volleyball League 2019 as U Mumba Volley, still in search of their first win of the season, take on Black Hawks Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi, Kerala.
Black Hawks Hyderabad have been struggling to get going in the league after starting with a dominant win in their first match and have lost three matches in a row. U Mumba Volley lost two matches and will aim to get their points tally started with a win tonight.
U Mumba Volley played in the inaugural match of the season where they faced a crushing 1-4 defeat against the crowd favourites, Kochi Blue Spikers. Their second fixture was against the league leaders Calicut Heroes.
The Mumbai side gave a tough fight in a refreshing change from their opening encounter and took the match to the fifth set, where they lost out to the Heroes. They will take positives from their showing and come out all guns blazing against the Black Hawks after a few good days of rest.
U Mumba's foreign imports, Tomislav Coskovic and Nicholas Del Bianco will be key to their success as they support the Indian players with their experience on the court.
Black Hawks Hyderabad have been one of the most active teams in the league having played two matches in the last five days. They began their season with a win over the Ahmedabad Defenders in five sets as their skipper Carson Clark led the charge with his well-timed spikes.
However, they have faced tough opponents in Kochi Blue Spikers, Calicut Heroes and Chennai Spartans in the subsequent fixtures and ended up on the losing end in all three matches. Carson Clark and Ashwal Rai have impressed for the Black Hawks with spike points and will aim to keep their form going when they face the U Mumba Volley side.
Predicted Starting Six
U Mumba Volley - Dipesh Kumar Sinha (c), Saqlain Tariq, Shubham Chaudhary, Tomislav Coskovic, Nicholas Del Bianco, Prince
Black Hawks Hyderabad - Carson Clark (c), Ashwal Rai, Alexander Bader, Guramritpal Singh, Muthuswamy Appavu, Rohit Kumar
Telecast details, when and where to watch
Date: 12th February 2019, Tuesday.
Start time: 6.50 PM IST
Live Telecast: Sony Six, Sony Ten 3