Pro Volleyball League

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Pro Volleyball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Pro Volleyball League
SportVolleyball
Inaugural season2019
AdministratorVolleyball Federation of India and Baseline Ventures
CEOJoy Bhattacharya
Venue(s)Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium
Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium
Most recent
champion(s)
Chennai Spartans
TV partner(s)Sony Pictures Networks India
Official websiteprovolleyball.in

Pro Volleyball League (PVL), also known as RuPay Pro Volleyball League for sponsorship reasons, is a professional men's indoor volleyball league in India.[1] The inaugural season will take place in February 2019.[2] The league is an initiative between the Volleyball Federation of India and Baseline Ventures. Sony Pictures Networks India is the official broadcaster of the league.[3][4] RuPay is the title sponsor for the inaugural season of the league which was won by Chennai Spartans.[5] MyTeam11 is the official fantasy partner for the first season of the league.[6]

Structure[edit]

The Pro Volleyball League encompasses six franchises, each representing cities across India. All teams filed tenders with Baseline Ventures listing the two cities they would be interested in bidding for.[7] The teams were officially announced at a Press Conference in Mumbai.[8]

Teams[edit]

City Team Name International Players Team Owner
Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Defenders Novica Bjelica and Victor Sysoev Bonhomie Sports Event Management Limited[9]
Calicut Calicut Heroes Paul Lotman and Iluoni Ngampourou Beacon Sports[9]
Chennai Chennai Spartans Rudy Verhoeff and Ruslans Sorokins Chennai Spartans Sports Private Limited[9]
Hyderabad Black Hawks Hyderabad Carson Clark and Alexander Bader Agile Entertainment Private Limited[9]
Kochi Kochi Blue Spikers David Lee and Andrej Patuc Thomas Muthoot[9]
Mumbai U Mumba Volley Tomislav Coskovic and Nicholas Del Bianco U Sports[9]

Format[edit]

Each team will have 12 players with the provision of a maximum of two reserve players. All teams had a salary purse of Rs. 75 lakhs from which they picked their team via an auction and player draft.[2] A total of 117 players were divided into five categories – International Icons, Indian Icons, Sr. Indian Internationals, Nationals and U-21 players. The International icon players were picked through a draft process while the Indian players were chosen via an auction.[10] Ranjit Singh of Punjab emerged as the top pick. Ahmedabad Defenders shelled out Rs.13 lakhs for him at the auction.[11]

There will be a total of 18 matches in season 1. Each team plays against each other in a round-robin format with the top 4 teams moving into the Semi Finals.[12] In season 1, matches will be held in Kochi at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium and in Chennai at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Fixtures and Results (Season 1)[edit]

Fixtures[edit]

Date Venue Phase Fixture Winner Result Man of the Match
02-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 1 - Round Robin Kochi Blue Spikers Vs U Mumba Volley Kochi[13] 4-1 Mohan Ukkrapandian
03-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 2 - Round Robin Calicut Heroes Vs Chennai Spartans Calicut[14] 4-1 Ajith Lal C
04-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 3 - Round Robin Ahmedabad Defenders Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad Hyderabad[15] 2-3 Carson Clark
05-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 4 - Round Robin Calicut Heroes Vs U Mumba Volley Calicut[16] 3-2 Saqlain Tariq
06-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 5 - Round Robin Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Ahmedabad Defenders Kochi[17] 3-2 Mohan Ukkrapandian
07-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 6 - Round Robin Chennai Spartans Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad Chennai[18] 4-1 Naveen Raja Jacob
08-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 7 - Round Robin Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Blackhawks Hyderbad Kochi[19] 3-2 David Lee
09-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 8 - Round Robin Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Calicut Heroes Calicut[20] 0-5 Paul Lotman
10-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 9 - Round Robin Calicut Heroes Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad Calicut[21] 3-2 Kamlesh Khatik
11-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 10 - Round Robin Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Chennai Spartans Kochi[22] 3-2 David Lee
12-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 11 - Round Robin U Mumba Volley Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad Hyderabad[23] 2-3 Carson Clark
13-Feb-19 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium - Kochi Matchday 12 - Round Robin Calicut Heroes Vs Ahmedabad Defenders Calicut [24] 4-1 Paul Lotman
16-Feb-19 Nehru Indoor Stadium - Chennai Matchday 13 - Round Robin Chennai Spartans Vs U Mumba Volley Mumbai[25] 2-3 Deepesh Sinha
17-Feb-19 Nehru Indoor Stadium - Chennai Matchday 14 - Round Robin Chennai Spartans Vs Ahmedabad Defenders Chennai[26] 4-1 Rudy Verhoeff
18-Feb-19 Nehru Indoor Stadium - Chennai Matchday 15 - Round Robin U Mumba Volley Vs Ahmedabad Defenders Mumbai[27] 4-1 Vinit Kumar
19-Feb-19 Nehru Indoor Stadium - Chennai Matchday 16 - Semi Final 1 Calicut Heroes Vs U Mumba Volley Calicut [28] 3-0 Jerome Vinith
20-Feb-19 Nehru Indoor Stadium - Chennai Matchday 17 - Semi Final 2 Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Chennai Spartans Chennai[29] 2-3 Ruslans Sorokin
22-Feb-19 Nehru Indoor Stadium - Chennai Matchday 18 - Final Calicut Heroes Vs Chennai Spartans Chennai[30] 0-3 Naveen Raja Jacob

References[edit]

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