The Kochi Blue Spikers will aim to become the second side to notch two consecutive wins in the RuPay Pro Volleyball League 2019 when they take on the Ahmedabad Defenders in the fifth match at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi, Kerala.
The Kochi Blue Spikers capitalized on a strong all-around performance when they beat the U Mumba Volley side on the opening day of the league, with a thumping 4-1 win in front of their home crowd.
Kochi Blue Spikers opened their campaign in style against U Mumba Volley, winning four sets in a row before succumbing to a final set loss. Manu Joseph, Rohith P and David Lee were the high-scoring players for the Spikers, enthralling the home crowd with their display on the court.
Manu Joseph top-scored for the Blue Spikers with 14 points on the night, which included 13 spikes from the attacking position. He had the support of his team-mate Rohith P, who scored 10 points. American international, David Lee had the crowd in joy with his timely blocks and racked up seven points to start off his India sojourn with a bang.
Previously, Ahmedabad Defenders engaged in a tough contest against the Black Hawks Hyderabad, taking the tie to the last set after a good duel throughout the match. Ranjit Singh, the most expensive buy of the RuPay Pro Volleyball League 2019 was in good touch, setting up spikes for his team-mates.
Russian international player, Victor Sysoev, was the best player on the mat for the Defenders, scoring 12 points which included 11 spikes, displaying his thunderous power from the hitting position. The team will aim to take the positives from the close loss against the Black Hawks and get the win over the Kochi Blue Spikers.
Predicted Starting Six
Kochi Blue Spikers - Mohan Ukkrapandian (c), Prabhagaran S, David Lee, Manu Joseph, Rohith P, Andrej Patuc
Ahmedabad Defenders - Ranjit Singh (c), Victor Syseov, Gagandeep Singh, GR Vaishnav, Novica Bjelica, Gurinder Singh
Telecast details, when and where to watch
Date: 6th February 2019, Sunday.
Start time: 7 PM IST
Live Telecast: Sony Six, Sony Ten 3
Live streaming: Sony LIV