Prime Volleyball League: Calicut Heroes return to winning ways with Black Hawks scalp

Calicut Heroes players celebrate a point. Photo: Prime Volleyball League

Calicut Heroes returned to winning ways in a dominant fashion, defeating Hyderabad Black Hawks 15-13, 18-16, 16-14 in the Prime Volleyball League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Chirag Yadav was named the player of the match

Sahil Kumar began well, justifying his selection in the starting line-up for Hyderabad. Jerome Vinith's fiery attacks helped Calicut gained momentum. Mohan Ukkrapandian's passing allowed Vikas Maan to attack from the middle, but strong blocks from Stefan Kovacevic, Sahil, and Prince kept things close. But Chirag Yadav's involvements in attacking moves pushed Calicut ahead.

As Stefan began swinging from the middle to push Hyderabad, Calicut's Vikas showed his own swings from the region to help his side. Sahil's threat from Zone 4 and a few unforced errors from Calicut allowed Hyderabad to made way back into the contest. But Danial Moatazedi made crucial blocks and Chirag's incessant attacks gave Calicut control of the topsy-turvy battle.

Despite being on the backfoot, Hyderabad's defensive game remained strong, keeping them in the hunt. Sahil's swings proved hard for Calicut's two-man block to tackle. Hemanth's consistent pipe attacks helped Hyderabad and the momentum shifted. But two massive blocks from Ukkra and Chirag helped Calicut find their way back and win the game in straight sets.

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