Bolt from the blue: Kolkata defeats Ahmedabad to win Prime Volleyball title

Kolkata’s Vinit Kumar was adjudged the ‘Man of the match’ for his championship-winning show in the decider. Defenders, which had the ‘favourite’ tag heading into the marquee clash, made a few costly unforced errors as Thunderbolts took a 5-3 lead in the first set.
Actor Vijay Deverakonda (centre) hands over the PVL trophy to Kolkata Thunderbolts (File)
Actor Vijay Deverakonda (centre) hands over the PVL trophy to Kolkata Thunderbolts (File)

Hyderabad

Kolkata Thunderbolts bagged the inaugural Prime Volleyball League title by defeating Ahmedabad Defenders in straight sets (15-13, 15-10, 15-12) in the lop-sided final here on Sunday.
Kolkata’s Vinit Kumar was adjudged the ‘Man of the match’ for his championship-winning show in the decider. Defenders, which had the ‘favourite’ tag heading into the marquee clash, made a few costly unforced errors as Thunderbolts took a 5-3 lead in the first set.
Vinit led from the front for Kolkata, which maintained a two-point (10-8) advantage and was well on course to pocket the opening set. However, Ahmedabad’s Shon T John produced a great spike to level the score at 13 apiece. When it mattered the most, Vinit delivered a spectacular serve to help Thunderbolts close out 15-13.
Vinit showed his brilliance again in the second set, receiving help from captain Ashwal Rai, as Kolkata was in the ascendancy at 9-5. Rahul then effected a brilliant spike for Thunderbolts, which continued to surge ahead. After clinching a ‘Super Point’, Kolkata pocketed the second set 15-10 and secured a 2-0 lead in the match.
Thunderbolts continued to dominate the proceedings since Defenders had its worst day at the office. Kolkata marched ahead to 8-5, but Ahmedabad’s LM Manoj kept his team in the hunt.
However, Thunderbolts came up with crucial spikes to open up a three-point cushion at 11-8. The Kolkata team rode on the momentum and sealed the contest.
Result: Final: Kolkata Thunderbolts bt Ahmedabad Defenders 15-13, 15-10, 15-12 Individual awards: Most valuable player: Vinit Kumar (Kolkata Thunderbolts); Emerging player: SV Guru Prasanth (Hyderabad Black Hawks); Best spiker: Angamuthu (Ahmedabad Defenders); Best blocker: EJ John Joseph (Hyderabad); Fantasy player: Shon T John (Ahmedabad)

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