Vastavam web: Black Hawks Hyderabad scripted a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over U Mumba Volley in a Pro Volleyball League match here Tuesday. The Hyderabad oufit beat U Mumba 13-15 15-11 7-15 15-14 15-11 to keep their play-off chances alive. Rohit Kumar led the scoring for Hyderabad with 10 points (6 spikes, 4 blocks) whereas Pankaj Sharma scored 15 points (14 spikes and 1 block) for U Mumba.
In the first set, both the teams didn’t give an inch to each other and were neck and neck almost all throughout the set. U Mumba wrested the initiative just at Technical Time Out (TTO) with an 8-6 lead. Post TTO, U Mumba called for a super point at 10-9 and converted on Hyderabad’s serve.
Hyderabad did the same as they converted their super point right after, thanks to a wayward serve by Pankaj Sharma. It was a tight last few points but U Mumba finally came through 15-13 to win the first set. A similar story unfolded in the second set as no team held a clear advantage. U Mumba called for a super point and converted with Sharma’s spike to drive hopes of a comeback. But Raison Rebello made sure that doesn’t happen as he scored two of the last three points for Hyderabad with a block and spike to close the set 15-11 and level the match at 1-1.
U Mumba started with more intent as they scored four straight points, three of which came from spikes by Sharma, Dipesh Sinha and Vinit Kumar. U Mumba kept on piling the pressure and went into the TTO leading 8-3. U Mumba didn’t let the lead slip and put up a dominant display with four spike points and three blocks to close the set 15-7 and lead 2-1. In the penultimate set, Hyderabad showed more intent and didn’t allow Mumbai any breakthrough till 6-6. Nick Del Bianco from U Mumba came to the party as he aced a super serve to give his team a 12-10 lead.
At 11-13 Hyderabad called for a super point and converted to stay alive in the match. The super point gave a lift to Hyderabad and they closed the set 15-14 and established parity in the match. U Mumba started in style in the final set as they raced to a 6-3 lead with skipper Sinha and Kumar combining to score five out of the six points.
But Hyderabad wasn’t going to let U Mumba take the game away as they soon levelled the score and then went into a lead with skipper Carson Clark and Alex Bader scoring five consecutive spike points. The score stood at 8-6 in Hyderabad’s favour. Hyderabad called for a super point and won it with a block by Rohit Kumar. Hyderabad scripted an epic comeback as they won the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.