The first two days of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League saw the two Kerala sides - Kochi Blue Spikers and Calicut Heroes, come up victorious against their opponents, U Mumba Volley and Chennai Spartans, respectively.
The third matchday throws up another interesting clash as the Black Hawks Hyderabad face the Ahmedabad Defenders at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi, Kerala.
Ahmedabad Defenders will aim to start on a high against Hyderabad Black Hawks. Hyderabad boasts of the likes of Carson Clark, Guramritpal Singh and Ashwal Rai in their ranks and experienced players like Ranjit Singh, Novica Bjelica and G R Vaishnav will turn out for the Ahmedabad Defenders.
Black Hawks Hyderabad have built a strong core consisting of young players which is amplified by the support of experienced veterans who are always ready to back them up. Carson Clark brings in a wealth of experience at the international level and will be a key figure for the Hawks. Alex Bader and Amit Kumar are handy attacking players who can prove to be difficult to handle for the Defenders.
They have promising players across all positions who have accumulated valuable experience at the Senior Nationals as well as while playing in the national side.
Ahmedabad Defenders were all over the news after the RuPay Pro Volleyball League auction, having picked up Ranjit Singh, the costliest player of the league. The Indian international setter will be the key man on the court for them. With the addition of internationals like Novica Bjelica and
Victor Syseov, they look strong on the attacking front too. In the defence area, G R Vaishnav will play a crucial part with his timely blocks.
Predicted Starting Six
Black Hawks Hyderabad: Carson Clark (c), Alex Bader, Rohit Kumar, Muthuswamy Appavu, Guramritpal Singh, Ashwal Rai
Ahmedabad Defenders: Ranjit Singh (c), Gagandeep Singh, Victor Syseov, G R Vaishnav, Novica Bjelica, Gurinder Singh
Telecast details, when and where to watch
Date: 4th February 2019, Sunday.
Start time: 7 PM IST
Live Telecast: Sony Six, Sony Ten 3
Live streaming: Sony LIV