Pro-Volleyball league shifts to Chennai

Chennai: The inaugural Pro-Volleyball League shifts to Chennai after the first leg in Kochi, with a match between Chennai Spartans and U Mumbai Volley at the Nehru indoor stadium here Saturday.

Three preliminary league matches, two semifinals and the final will be held here.

Also, in a bid to promote women’s volleyball in India, the PVL organisers have organised an All-Star Women Volleyball match to be played on the final day (22 February).

The match will serve as a platform to showcase the Indian women volleyball talent and will be played between Team Blue and Team Yellow. PVL CEO Joy Bhattacharjya said, “It is a milestone moment for us as this will be the first ever Womens All-Star match in India for any other sport league except cricket.”

Chennai Spartans require to win one of their remaining two matches to qualify for the semifinals. Spartans, who have one win (2 points) in three outings, will play back-to-back at the weekend, against U Mumbai Volley and Ahmedabad Defenders (Feb 17), both of whom are yet to register a win.

Table toppers Calicut Heroes (11 points), Kochi Blue Spikers (8 points) and Black Hawks Hyderabad (4 points) have already qualified for the knockouts.