Reporter Ahn Young-joon = The battle for the upper middle ranks of men’s professional volleyball for ‘Spring Volleyball’ is fiercely unfolding. 3rd place KEPCO (42 points), 4th place Woori Card (41 points), and 5th place OK Financial Group (41 points) are concentrated with a difference of 1 point.
OK Financial Group beat KEPCO with a set score of 3-2 (25-21 25-21 22-25 16-25 15-13) in the 5th round of the Dodram 2022-23 V-League men’s division held at Ansan Sangroksu Gymnasium on the 16th. With this victory, OK Financial Group tied closely with Woori Card in 4th place. KEPCO added 1 point despite the loss and rose to 3rd place.
In the V-League, up to 3rd place is given the right to participate in spring volleyball. 1st place goes directly to the championship match, and 2nd and 3rd place clash in the playoffs (PO).
However, if the 3rd and 4th places are within 3 points, a semi-PO where the 4th and 3rd places meet will be held. If the victory point gap is tight like now, there is a high probability that the semi-PO will be held and invited to spring volleyball even in 4th place.
In the last 10 seasons, only three semi-POs were held in the men’s division, but in the last two seasons, it has been held consecutively.
There is no reason for all three teams to give up as the possibility of semi-PO has increased.
3rd place KEPCO is challenging to confirm the spring volleyball with Lim Seong-jin and Thais, who have a good sense of serve. 4th place, Woori Card, has recently fallen into a 5-game losing streak, but it is determined to regain the flow of the 3rd and 4th rounds, which were in full swing, with Na Gyeong-bok and Agamez at the fore. 5th place OK Financial Group has recently gained confidence in Leo and has become a ‘complete group’ with the return of Song Myeong-geun and Lee Min-gyu, so morale is skyrocketing. 스포츠토토
Fans are more interested in the confusion now that the middle and upper ranks change after every game. Unfortunately, these three teams do not have any head-to-head matches for the rest of February. You have to hope that the rivals will slide after accumulating points one by one in head-to-head matches with the top and bottom teams.
In addition, the confrontation between Woori Card and KEPCO in Jangchung on March 4 is expected to be a big match to gauge the direction of spring volleyball.