The Asian Age - - Sport -

Kochi, Feb. 10: Cali­cut He­roes con­firmed their place in the play­offs with a 3- 2 ( 15- 11, 15- 11,15- 7, 12- 15, 11- 15) win over Black Hawks Hy­der­abad in the Pro Vol­ley­ball League.

Ajith Lal was again in scin­til­lat­ing form as he scored 19 points ( 15 spikes, 4 serves) for He­roes. For Hy­der­abad, Ash­wal Rai put in a valiant ef­fort with 9 points ( 6 spikes and 3 blocks).

Ajith be­came the first player to score half cen­tury of spike points with 53 to his name.

Af­ter ini­tial ex­changes, it looked like Cali­cut will run away with the set as they went into a 4- 2 lead but Hy­der­abad soon lev­elled the scores with a block and a spike by Gu­ram­rit­pal Singh and skip­per Car­son Clark.

Ajith Lal joined the party and helped Cali­cut take a lead of 8- 5 en­ter­ing the first Tech­ni­cal Time Out ( TTO) with two spikes and a Su­per Serve. Post TTO, Hy­der­abad scored three con­sec­u­tive points to level the score at 8- 8 and with a spike from Rai­son Re­bello went ahead for the first time in the set.

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