Chennai, March 5th, 2024: Delhi Toofans came from two sets down to register a thrilling 9-15, 15-17, 15-10, 15-8, 15-8 win over the Kochi Blue Spikers in the third season of the RuPay Prime Volleyball League powered by A23 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai on Monday. Danial Aponza was named the Player of the Match.

Erin Varghese and Jibin Sebastian provided Kochi an attacking flair to start the game, but the blocking proved to be the difference between the two teams, with Abhinav and Athos being in solid form in the middle. Saqlain helped Delhi with improved passing but Kochi blockers kept shackled Santhosh and Lazar Dodic.

Erin continued his good form throughout the match, and he helped his side take control with important strikes, despite pressure from Delhi. Om Vasanth Lad's aggressive serving provided Kochi another new edge. Aponza made two good blocks following it up with contribution in attack, and Delhi finally showed signs of resistance. Aayush made impressive block, and with improvements in defence, Delhi found a way back.

Anu James began finding attacking well and Delhi started turning the game. Aponza's monstrous block to win a super point and the Toofans pushed the match to the fifth set. Anu took Delhi's attacking responsibilities on his shoulder, while Jibin struggled to get away with his shot. Kochi struggled to deal with pressure from Anu's relentless attacks and Santhosh closed the game with a powerful spike.