As the 2022 Rupay Prime Volleyball League enters its inaugural season, here is a look at some of the top international players who will be looking to mesmerize the Indian public with their powerful performances.
Players are divided into seven teams: Calicut Heroes, Kochi Blue Spikers, Ahmedabad Defenders, Hyderabad Black Hawks, Chennai Blitz, Bengaluru Torpedoes and Kolkata Thunderbolts. They will compete in a round robin format to reach the top. The tournament will consist of 24 matches, including three knockout matches.
David Lee (Calicut Heroes): David Cameron Lee is an American volleyball player and three-time Olympian. He became an Olympic champion at the 2008 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is a gold medalist at the 2015 World Cup and the World League in 2008 and 2014 , while also being a double NORCECA champion. He will play as a blocker for Calicut Heroes in the upcoming Prime Volleyball League.
FILE PHOTO: Lee will play as a blocker for Calicut Heroes in the upcoming Prime Volleyball League. – THE HINDU
Noah Taitano (Bengaluru Torpedoes): Noah Taitano is an all-rounder from California, USA. He has won accolades playing in several high school and college tournaments. He will play as a universal for Bengaluru Torpedoes in the upcoming franchise based league.
Luis Arias (Hyderabad Blackhawks): Luis Antonio Arias Guzmán is a Venezuelan volleyball player who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He was part of the men’s national volleyball team at the 2010 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Italy. He will be plying his trade as a striker for Hyderabad Black Hawks in the tournament.
FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan Luis Arias competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. – GETTY IMAGES
Bruno Da Silva (Chennai Blitz): Bruno da Silva is a Brazilian volleyball player who has played for 13 volleyball clubs in 23 tournaments. He will serve as striker for Chennai Blitz.
Ian Satterfield (Kolkata Thunderbolts): The American Ian Satterfield is a specialist in beach volleyball. He started playing the game at an early age and made his professional debut in 2008 on the AVP Tour. He was a member of the USA Volleyball High Performance A1 TEAM and also won a NORCECA Zonal Championship gold medal with the USAV National Youth Team in his debut. In the upcoming Prime Volleyball League, he will play in the universal position for Kolkata Thunderbolts.
|The RuPay Prime Volleyball League will start on February 5, 2022 and will be broadcast LIVE on SONY SIX, SONY TEN 1 (English), SONY TEN 3 (Hindi), SONY TEN 4 (Tamil and Telugu) and SONY TEN 2 (Malayalam) channels.|