KEPCO started the fifth round of opportunity by winning over Korean Air for the first time this season.
KEPCO won a set score 3-1 (13-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18) in the 5th round match against Dodram 2022-2023 V-League Korean Air at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon on the 2nd. .
With this victory, KEPCO, which succeeded in winning three games in a row, recorded 11 wins, 14 losses and 35 points. Although the ranking remained in 5th place, it jumped into fierce competition for the mid-ranking place, approaching 4th place OK Financial Group (37 points) by 2 points.
On the other hand, Korean Air, which suffered a losing streak, maintained its lead with 19 wins, 5 losses and 55 points, but was unable to turn the tide in the second half of the 4th round and faced challenges in maintaining the lead.
In the five matches between the two teams this season, Korean Air still had the advantage with 4 wins and 1 loss, but the implication was significant in that KEPCO won the first match.
KEPCO led the victory with Thais scoring 20 points, Seo Jae-deok 15 points, Lim Seong-jin 13 points, and Shin Young-seok 8 points. In the serve, he was pushed to 9-11, but the more sets he got, the better he looked, and with 14 rooms, he managed better than his opponent (26).
Korean Air lost with Lincoln’s 29 points, Jeong Ji-seok’s 14 points, and replacement Jung Han-yong’s 9 points, but failing to continue the trend of winning the first set.
With the start of the first set , Korean Air took the early lead. Lincoln and Jung Ji-seok’s attacking points, Jung Ji-seok and Kim Min-jae’s blocking points, and Kwak Seung-seok’s two spike serve points combined to overcome the early game 11-3.
When KEPCO closed the gap with Seo Jae-deok’s hard hit and Ha Seung-woo’s blocking score, Korean Air ran away to 20-10 with Lincoln’s three consecutive sub-aces. Korean Air won the first set. It was finished with one player’s serve score. 안전놀이터
In the second set of Korean Air, Lincoln moved to the 4th seat. KEPCO started with Lim Seong-jin at No. 4 and Tais at No. 1.
The tense tug-of-war unfolded until the score was tied 17-17. Afterwards, KEPCO took a 19-17 lead with Lim Seong-jin’s goal and opponent Kim Gyu-min’s mistake. Seo Jae-deok added to the difficulty with a rear-guard hit.
After touching the 24-21 set point with Shin Young-seok’s fast break, KEPCO took the set with Thais’ finishing goal. The third set
became the watershed of the game . KEPCO followed the flow of the second set. With a strong hit by the Thais and quick runs scored by Jo Geun-ho and Shin Young-seok, the team went into a technical timeout with an 8-5 lead. For Korean Air, Kwak Seung-seok suffered right calf pain and Jung Han-yong was put in. Korean Air began to press 13-14 with Jeong Han-yong’s front and rear strikes. But KEPCO ran away. Seo Jae-deok’s strong hit, Koo Gyo-hyeok exerted his strength as a sub ace, and Shin Young-seok and Park Chul-woo blocked Kim Gyu-min’s quick attack and Jung Ji-seok’s attack, and ran to 18-13. It didn’t end here. KEPCO ran to 24-20 with scores from Seo Jae-deok and Lim Seong-jin. Korean Air pushed the team to 23-24 with Lincoln’s back attack following an opponent’s mistake, but KEPCO managed to win the set with Thais’ finishing goal. The score was 25-23. 4 sets.
KEPCO showed its will to win. Lim Seong-jin responded to Thais’ strong hit and serve ace with consecutive left points, leading by 5 points to 15-10.
KEPCO, which climbed to the 20-point high with Seo Jae-deok’s rear-guard strike, smiled as they finished the game with a comfortable victory. It was the moment when KEPCO started the 5th round of opportunity with victory.