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PVL: Kolkata Thunderbolts crash out after loss against Bengaluru Torpedoes in semifinal

Kolkata Thunderbolts crashed out of the 2023 PVL after losing to the Bengaluru Torpedoes 1-3 in the first semifinal.

Kolkata Thunderbolts PVL

Kolkata Thunderbolts


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 3 March 2023 3:43 PM GMT

The Kolkata Thunderbolts, on Friday, crashed out of the 2023 Prime Volleyball League (PVL) after losing to the Bengaluru Torpedoes 1-3 in the first semifinal at Kochi.

The defending champions were a far from their best in the evening as they surrendered the first set 10-15. The Ashwal Rai-led side did bounce back in the next set to level things up at 1-1, but things went downhill soon after.

Leading 12-10 in the third set, the Thunderbolts conceded a super point as the Bengaluru Torpedoes fought their way back into the contest from a seemingly lost position.

The Torpedoes followed it up with an excellent review before a wide spike from Thunderbolts' Cody Caldwell handed them the third set 15-13 to go 2-1 up.

The fourth set was a disaster for the Kolkata Thunderbolts as errors crept in from all the corners. Just minutes into the set they found themselves trailing 2-8.

They did try to force a comeback from there, but it was too little too late as the Bengaluru Torpedoes finished things up with a super serve to book their slot in the final of PVL for the first-time ever.

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