PVL 2019 Winner: Chennai Spartans Clinched the Maiden Title by Defeating Calicut Heroes

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Chennai Spartans emerged as the PVL 2019 winners. Image Source: Twitter

And the most awaited results are out! Chennai Spartans have been crowned as PVL 2019 winner. They defeated Calicut Heroes 3-0 to in the finals of the Pro Volleyball League 2019  on Friday, 22nd February.

The local favourites beat Calicut 15-11, 15-12, 16-14 in the summit clash.

League’s top scorer and best spiker Rudy Verhoeff again delivered as he scored 13 points (11 spikes and 2 blocks) for the Chennai Spartans. While, for the Calicut Heroes, league’s most valuable player Ajith Lal was the highest scorer with nine points (9 spikes).

 

Also Read: Performance and Standings PVL 2019

Chennai Spartans vs Calicut Heroes: Finals Pro Volleyball League 2019

Chennai and Calicut looked equal in the first set of the match until the Chennai went into a three-point lead at 8-5, thus entering the first Technical Time Out (TTO). Calicut called for a super point immediately after the TTO and converted to close the gap to 7-8.

Later the Chennai Spartans took a three-point lead again at 12-9. Calicut tried to make a comeback but the lead was not in their reach. Verhoeff and Naveen Raja Jacob scored four points each to help Chennai win the set 15-11.

 

Calicut, who hadn’t lost a single match this season, were very jittery in the second set nervously. Their skipper Vinith gave away three points and Karthik gave away one due to errors which gave the home team a 4-1 lead.

But Calicut’s star spiker Lal got the visitors back with three spike points to reduce the deficit to 3-5. For Chennai, Verhoeff was in the form of his life as he scored his 100th point in the league when his side took to a 9-6 lead.

Chennai showed a super performance in the second half

At 10-8 Calicut called for a super point and converted it with a Karthik spike. Immediately, Chennai called for one and Verhoeff didn’t make any mistake in bringing back a two-point lead for his side at 12-10. Spike from Lal and service error from Jacob got Calicut at 12-13 but Chennai wasn’t letting this slip and Verhoeff, this time with a block, put them 2-0 up in the match.

Calicut again gifted Chennai four of the first eight points as the local team went into TTO with an 8-5 lead. Chennai also gave away two of the first five points to Calicut on errors but they looked a better side going into TTO. Chennai made two more errors and for the first time in the set, Calicut took lead at 11-8.

Trailing 10-13, Two blocks and one spike by Akhin and a service point from local boy Jacob took Chennai to match point at 14-13. Lal levelled it for Calicut at 14-14 but Calicut skipper  Vinith conceded two errors, in the end, to give away the match and the title of the inaugural edition of the Pro Volleyball League to Chennai Spartans.

 

Because of this victory, Chennai Spartans have also qualified for this year’s FIVB Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship.

The Brief Scores

Chennai Spartans beat Calicut Heroes – 15-11, 15-12, 16-14

 

Awards:

1st – Chennai Spartans – Rs 50 Lakhs

Runner’s Up – Calicut Heroes – Rs.20 Lakhs

Nippon Fan Favorite of the Day: Ajith Lal (Calicut Heroes)

RuPay Player of the Match: Naveen Raja Jacob (Chennai Spartans)

Bank of Baroda Most Valuable Player: Ajith Lal (Calicut Heroes)

Peter England Most Stylish Player: Karthik A (Calicut Heroes)

Best Spiker: Rudy Verhoeff (Chennai Spartans)

Best Blocker: David Lee (Kochi Blue Spikers)

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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