Chennai Spartans thumped Ahmedabad Defenders 4-1 (15-6, 13-15, 15-13, 15-11, 15-12) in their final league match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Sunday to book a semifinal berth in the RuPay Pro Volleyball League. It was spirited Spartans’ second win (four points) in the competition, as the side bounced back after suffering two successive defeats, at the hands of Kochi Blue Spikers and U Mumba Volley, to seal a Playoffs spot. Table toppers Calicut Heroes (11 points) and Kochi Blue Spikers (8 points) have already qualified for the knockouts while Black Hawks Hyderabad, with four points, look assured of the other semifinal spot.
The Shelton Moses-led outfit won the opening set in style but Ahmedabad came back strongly to grab the second set. Spartans gave nothing away in the remaining three sets in what was an impressive, all-round performance by the home team. Spartans belong to the House of KALS, a passionate and committed corporate entity that has been involved in developing volleyball in Tamil Nadu for over three decades. The semifinals will be played on Feb 19 and 20 and the final on Feb 22.