Prime Volleyball League: Delhi Toofans eliminate Defenders, to play Calicut Heroes in final

Players of Delhi Toofans celebrate a point against Ahmedabad Defenders. Photo: Prime Volleyball League

Chennai: Delhi Toofans reached the final of the Prime Volleyball League after a dramatic five-set win (15-9, 10-15, 10-15, 15-12, 17-15) over Ahmedabad Defenders in the Eliminator at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai on Tuesday. The Toofans will take on Calicut Heroes in the final on Thursday.

Delhi got off to a thunderous start with Amal's super serve. Unforced errors from Ahmedabad's from Max Senica and Angamuthu from the opposite ends hurt the Defenders' momentum. Saqlain set up Santhosh for a stunning pipe attack to get Delhi a super point and Delhi took an early led. In the second set, a series of good blocks from LM Manoj helped the Defenders created an opening.

Aayush kept chipping in points for Delhi but Santhosh's wayward attacks further helped Ahmedabad to get back into the contest. Aayush chipped in crucial points for Delhi, while Shon T John provided an attacking flair to Ahmedabad. Santhosh made error on reception and Shikhar Singh killed the ball as Ahmedabad took a 2-1 lead. In the fourth set, Danial Aponza found his rhythm in blocks and attacks from the middle court, and Delhi pushed the match to fifth set.

The game of small margins came down to blocks, as both the sides showcased top quality defense. Rohit and Lazar found key gaps in Ahmedabad's defence, and helped Delhi. But Senica and Angamuthu also kept exposing leaks in Delhi's defence and the game remained evenly poised in the thrilling final set. With Santosh's powerful smash, and Shikhar's wayward spike, Delhi finall edged ahead to get a sensational win.

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