Mumbai Meteors’ hopes of booking a playoff spot were duly kept alive following their impressive 4-1 (14-15, 15-9, 15-12, 15-11, 15-8) win over Hyderabad Black Hawks in match 24 of the RuPay Prime Volleyball League Powered by A23 Season 2.

In what was a sheer team effort, Sunny Joseph’s side managed to arrest Guru Prasanth’s wave of constant attacks by launching a foray of their own. And one man who stood tall amidst all this was Hiroshi Centelles, who was named the RuPay Player of the Match.

The 32-year-old put on a brilliant show against a Hyderabad defence that was largely dull throughout the game. By the end, Hiroshi’s tally of 13 points outscored everyone from his team, including Amit Gulia and Shameemudheen. A whopping seven of his 13 points were accrued in the second set alone.

Hiroshi was absolutely true to his universal position, finishing the game with an efficiency of 34.78 percent in the attack. Furthermore, the 32-year-old was at the forefront of every defensive tactic that Mumbai deployed as well.

To begin with, while his tally of a solitary point in blocking may seem like a disappointing figure, the fact remains that Cuban was a crucial component of his side’s three-man blocking system that prevented Guru from influencing in the game.

As Hyderabad continued to look for an opportunity to break Mumbai’s defence, Hiroshi exploited the pockets of spaces that were awarded to him. And now that Mumbai Meteors have passed the stern Hyderabad Black Hawks test, the focus will now move to their final league stage game, scheduled on March 1 against Kochi Blue Spikers.