PVL Season 2: Kochi Blue Spikers, Chennai Blitz seek redemption in big clash

Bengaluru, Feb 6 (IANS): As things begin to heat up in season 2 of the Prime Volleyball League, a big clash awaits the fans here on Tuesday with the Kochi Blue Spikers taking on Chennai Blitz at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium here.

Both the teams had a tough tournament last year as Kochi finished with the wooden spoon, while Chennai finished in second-last place. In the six games they played in the season, Kochi could only register one victory, but that sole win was against Chennai. On the other hand, Blitz won two of their six games last season, but now they want to get off to a winning start.

"In the second season, there have been several new players that have come up. It has become a huge platform for Indian players. All players are quite fit and all of us are using the opportunity that we have been given. Now, we just want to start us off with a win against Kochi," Chennai Blitz skipper Naveen Raja Jacob said.

This year, Kochi is being led by a highly-experienced hitter from Peru, Eduardo Romay. While it may give the side an experienced mind at the helm, it can also be a tricky equation as captain Romay is still trying to understand the new environment at the RuPay Prime Volleyball League.

"For me, personally, being a foreign player, I am finding everything new. I am getting used to being the new guy. It has been about trying to understand how everyone trains and how they react. Nobody reacts in the same way as the other person. This is a very short season -- so we need to do that fast. It's part of the game, so it's okay," Romay said upon being asked about the same.

Meanwhile, Naveen believes having already seen three games this season before their first encounter will help his team in preparing for the areas where they need to work upon against Kochi.

"We have prepared well. We would have watched three games by tomorrow and we have already seen what areas we have to be mindful of. So, we are rectifying those areas and training along with that mindset," he said.

For Romay, the morning training session before their first game against Chennai Blitz is quite important as he believes it will allow the team to understand the court a little bit better and get an understanding of the area they will be playing in.

"We have been trying to set up the last touches for tomorrow's games. I think it's important the team feels confident about what we have been doing and what we have worked on. Tomorrow's morning session will be important because we will be in the court for the first time," he said.

Whenever Kochi faces Chennai, a lot of chatter is about the rivalry between the neighbours. But the Kochi skipper Eduardo does not wish to focus on that. Instead, he believes the young team in his arsenal and their energy will be key for him to get the first win.

"It's a very passionate team. It's a young team. We have a lot of energy so it will be helpful to win a short game of 15 points. I think the energetic theme is the key to this. So that brings a lot to us," he signed off.



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