Friday, October 7, 2022

PVL: Defenders beat Thunderbolts; reach SFs

Spiker Shon T John came up with a superb performance to help Ahmedabad Defenders book a place in the last four by defeating Kolkata Thunderbolts 7-15, 15-10, 15-13, 15-14, 10-15 in the RuPay Prime Volleyball League at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Saturday. Ahmedabad moved to the top with eight points from five matches. Defenders’ Shon T John was adjudged Player of the Match.
Rahul K and Vinit Kumar got the Thunderbolts off to a great start as the side took the lead at 7-3 in the first set. Captain Ashwal Rai also stood tall as Kolkata kept forging ahead. Vinit pulled off a fantastic smash to help the Thunderbolts win a Super Point and take a massive lead at 13-7. The Thunderbolts eventually wrapped up the first set at 15-7. Shon T John effected two magnificent spikes as the Defenders took the lead at 6-3 in the second set. The Thunderbolts committed a few unforced errors as Ahmedabad dominated the second set at 13-6. The Defenders eventually closed out the second set at 15-10 to get on board. Thunderbolts and the Defenders played out a hard-fought contest and were locked at 9-9 in the third set but the former eventually wrapped up the final set at 15-10.