Lavmeet Katariya & Pankaj Sharma’s heroics help Bengaluru Torpedoes clinch a thriller.

Bengaluru Torpedoes emerged victorious against Hyderabad Black Hawks in another thrilling match at the RuPay Prime Volleyball League in Hyderabad on Friday. The Torpedoes defeated the Black Hawks 15-12, 14-15, 15-12, 11-15, 15-13 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium. Bengaluru Torpedoes’ Lavmeet Katariya was adjudged the Player of the Match. Bengaluru picked up two points from this match.

Varun GS pulled off a fabulous spike as the Bengaluru Torpedoes took the lead at 8-5 in the first set. Noah Taitano also showed his brilliance as the Torpedoes extended their lead further. A fabulous spike by Rohit Kumar kept the Black Hawks in the contest, but Bengaluru rode on the momentum and eventually drew first blood.

John Joseph EJ pulled off a superb block as the Black Hawks dominated the second set at 6-1. However, fantastic spikes from Pankaj Sharma and Lavmeet Katariya kept the Torpedoes in the contest. Bengaluru won a crucial Super Point to level the scores at 13-13, but Noah Taitano missed a serve . The Black Hawks wrapped up the second set at 15-14.

Katariya effected a brilliant block as the Torpedoes put themselves in a good position at 7-4 in the third set. Amit Gulia tried to keep Black Hawks in the contest, but Bengaluru eventually closed out the third set at 15-12 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Black Hawks and the Torpedoes played out a neck-to-neck contest in the fourth set as they were locked at 7-7. Praful S pulled off a superb block as the Black Hawks gained the lead at 10-9, but Bengaluru leveled the scores at 10-10 soon after. However, Rohit Kumar’s magnificent spike helped the Black Hawks win a crucial Super Point and take the lead at 13-11. Hyderabad won another Super Point and closed out the fourth set at 15-11 to make it two sets all.

The Torpedoes got off to a superb start and took the lead at 7-3 in the final set. Pankaj Sharma produced a couple of fantastic spikes as Bengaluru continued to hold the lead. However, the Black Hawks fought hard and leveled the scores at 12-12. Katariya carried out a crucial spike as the Torpedoes wrapped up the final set at 15-13.

The Chennai Blitz and the Kolkata Thunderbolts will take on each other in the second match of the day on Friday at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad

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