After a strong all-around display against the Chennai Spartans in their opening match, Calicut Heroes will face U Mumba Volley at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi on Feb 5th 2019 in RuPay Pro Volleyball League. U Mumba Volley, on the other hand, will have a point to prove coming after a tough 1-4 loss to the Kochi Blue Spikers in their opening fixture.
Calicut showed some brilliant attacking form in their last match and will be again banking upon the likes of Paul Lotman, skipper Jerome Vinith and Ajith Lal to get the job done in their second match.
Ahead of the match, Ajith Lal of Calicut Heroes said, “I am very excited about our match against U Mumba Volley. Our foreign players have been providing great support and I really believe that we will come out victorious against U Mumba. I am really thankful to our fans who came out in large numbers to support us. Our only way is onwards and upwards from here on.”
The league, which is an initiative of Baseline Ventures and Volleyball Federation of India, began on February 2.
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U Mumba also had some good performances in the last match as Prince, Nicholas Del Bianco and Shubham Chaudhury stood out for them.
Nicholas Del Bianco from U Mumba Volley felt that the first match was not the representation of what the team is actually capable of. “The team is working very hard right now as we prepare to play Calicut. They are a good team but I believe if we play well it will be a good game.” said Del Bianco.
Six franchises will be vying for the RuPay Pro Volleyball League title in the first edition. Ahmedabad Defenders is owned by Bonhomie Sports Event Mgmt. Ltd., Kerala’s Calicut Heroes is owned by Beacon Sports while the Chennai Spartans is owned by Chennai Spartans Pvt. Ltd. U Mumba Volley is owned by U Sports, who also own a team in the Kabaddi league while Black Hawks Hyderabad is owned by Agile Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Thomas Muthoot owns the Kochi franchise called the Kochi Blue Spikers.
The match will be broadcast live on SONY SIX and SONY TEN 3 and will be streamed live on SONY LIV from 7:00 PM IST on Feb 5th 2019.