Kolkata Thunderbolts shrugged off early blues to file a 13-15, 15-11, 15-13, 15-8, 10-15 win over Kochi Blue Spikers within the Rupay Prime Volleyball League championship at GMC Balayogi Stadium (Gachibowli) right here on Wednesday .
This win means Hyderabad Black Hawks will tackle Ahmedabad Defenders within the first semifinal on Thursday and Kolkata Thunderbolts meet Calicut Heroes within the second semifinal on Friday.
Playing for satisfaction, Blue Spikers began effectively by profitable the primary set because of central blocker G. Dushyanth, Abdul Raheem, setter GS Prashant and Cody Coldwell.
In the second set, Thunderbolts, up towards a spirited assault led by Raheem with strong help from Prashant and TR Sethu, was equal to the scenario within the tense ultimate moments earlier than clinching the set.
Blue Spikers’ Dushyant suffered a knee damage and was carried off the courtroom with the scoreline studying 4-2 in Kochi’s favor within the third set. With Kochi main 11-9, Thunderbolts received the primary tremendous level as Cody served into the online and it clinched the second tremendous level too with Ashwal exhibiting his class.
Even although Ashan’s spike noticed Kochi stage the scores 13-all, Vinit Kumar got here up with a telling spike and to the dismay of Kochi, Sethu spiked out at hand over the set.
In the fourth set, Thunderbolts had a far simpler outing with Ok. Rahul developing with large serves, U. Janshad excelling as a setter, and player-of-the-match Vinit producing the ending touches to assist the workforce clinch the set and the match.
The consequence: Kolkata Thunderbolts bt Kochi Blue Spikers 13-15, 15-11, 15-14, 15-8, 10-15.
Thursday’s match (first semifinal): Hyderabad Black Hawks vs Ahmedabad Defenders, 7 pm