After hovering near the bottom of the standings at the start of the season, men’s professional volleyball KEPCO extended its winning streak to five games by knocking off third-place Samsung Fire.
KEPCO defeated Samsung Fire with a set score of 3-1 (14-25 25-23 25-22 25-20) in the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League men’s home match at Suwon Gymnasium on Monday.
Fifth-ranked KEPCO improved to 6 wins, 6 losses and 18 points, trailing third-ranked Samsung Fire (7 wins, 4 losses and 19 points) by one point.
KEPCO struggled with their opponents’ strong serve in the first set. Foreign players Taith Lesser Host (registered name Taith) and Lim Sung-jin were unable to receive their serves.
KEPCO’s team reception efficiency in the first set was only 26.32%, and Samsung Fire had three service aces in the first set alone.
As the defense collapsed, so did the offense. KEPCO was unable to make any significant plays and dropped the first set easily.
KEPCO came alive in the second set. Tais and Lim Sung-jin seemed to have adjusted to the opponent’s serve and were able to receive steadily and attack strongly.
Their concentration was also outstanding. At 23-23 in the second set, KEPCO tied the set at 1-1 after Lim Sung-jin made an open attack and Shin Young-seok blocked a spike from Kim Jun-woo.
KEPCO kept the third set close. Im Sung-jin’s performance in the tiebreaker was remarkable.
Im scored back-to-back points at 21-21, and at 23-21, he blocked a strong backhand attack from Yosvani Hernandez (registered name Yosvani) to break the momentum.
Fully revitalized, KEPCO closed out the match in the fourth set.
At 16-16, Tais scored five consecutive points, including a late attack and a block by Shin Young-seok, to tie the game.
Tais finished with 29 points, including four blocks, while Lim Sung-jin chipped in with 16 points, including three blocks. Shin Young-seok also had three blocks.
Samsung Fire’s Yosubani complained of pain in her left foot while defending early in the third set, much to the chagrin of team officials, but she played until the end.
In the women’s match at Daejeon Chungmu Gymnasium, home team Jung Kwan-jang snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 (21-25 25-23 25-16 25-18) victory over bottom-ranked Pepper Savings Bank.
Jung Kwan-jang also regained the fourth spot in the standings over IBK. Pepper Savings Bank, on the other hand, suffered its fourth straight loss.
Jung Kwanjang’s Asian quarterback Megawatti Putthiwi (registered name Mega) led the way with 30 points, including four blocked shots and two blocked shots. 카지노사이트