‘Advancing toward first place’ Korean Air erases the point gap with leader Woori Card

Korean Air wins a shutout victory over Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance; Pepper Savings Bank in the women’s division suffers 16 consecutive losses

In the professional volleyball men’s division, Korean Air started to regain the lead.

Korean Air won with a set score of 3-0 (25-23 25-20 25-22) in the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League match against Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance held at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon on the 16th.

Korean Air, which is entering the All-Star break after this day’s game, eliminated the point gap with first place Woori Card (15 wins, 8 losses, 43 points). They are ranked 2nd in terms of number of wins and are looking to move up to 1st place.

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (14 wins, 9 losses, 38 points), which was close behind in 3rd place, was pushed out by 5 points. Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which was unable to maintain its upward trend at the beginning of the season and faced a crisis, fell into the swamp of its first four consecutive losses of the season.

Korean Air Murad led the way to victory by scoring 23 points with an attack success rate of 52.78%. There were also 3 blocking and 1 serve ace.

Korean Air overwhelmed Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in both blocking (11-4) and serving (6-1).

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Yosbani bowed its head in defeat despite scoring 31 points (56.86% attack success rate).

Korean Air won the first set first.

Korean Air, which was ahead from the beginning, allowed a comeback due to a series of errors, but brought the momentum back with consecutive goals. At 13-16, Lim Dong-hyuk’s quick open, Kim Gyu-min’s blocking, and Jo Jae-young’s serve ace helped them score 6 points.

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance continued to lag behind.

At 21-19, Han added a point thanks to a push, and at 22-21, Lim Dong-hyuk ran away with a rear-guard attack. At 24-23, Jo Jae-young scored the 25th point with a fast break.

The second set was also won by Korean Air.

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance accumulated points first with Yosvani in the early stages, but Korean Air immediately changed the mood. Korean Air, which was trailing at 13-15, tied the game with Kim Gyu-min’s fast attack and Han’s blocking. Murad then took the lead with a serve ace following a rearguard attack.

Korean Air reached 20 points with Espejo’s serve ace at 19-16, and ended the second set with a lucky score at 24-20 when Cho Jae-young’s serve went over the net.

Korean Air set the tone by turning the game over midway through the third set.

They succeeded in tying the score at 10-13 thanks to Jeong Han-yong’s quick open and the opponent’s mistake, and then turned the tables at 14-15 thanks to Murad’s quick open and blocking.

At 16-16, Murad and Jeong Han-yong scored 4 points in a row, raising the score to 20.

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance pursued until the end, but Korean Air did not allow it. Murad, who led the team to a match point by blocking opponent Kim Jeong-ho’s attack at 23-20, put an end to the game with a quick opener.

In the women’s match held in Gimcheon, Pepper Savings Bank lost to Korea Expressway Corporation with a set score of 0-3 (22-25 16-25 21-25).

It’s already been 16 consecutive losses. Pepper Savings Bank, which reported its second win of the season against GS Caltex on November 10 last year, has not added a win for over two months.

If they lose in the Hyundai Engineering & Construction game on the 19th, they will also be dishonored, tying the team’s record of 17 consecutive losses, recorded once in the 2021-2022 season and once in the 2022-2023 season.

Pepper Savings Bank, which fell to last place early on, has a season record of 2 wins, 21 losses and 7 points. As the season enters the second half of the season, the only team that has yet to reach 10 points is Pepper Savings Bank.

Korea Expressway Corporation, ranked 6th, gained 25 points (8 wins, 16 losses) with this victory.

Pepper Savings Bank, thirsty for victory, tried to break away from its losing streak against Korea Expressway Corporation on this day, but failed to achieve its goal this time.

The first set was a close match. Pepper Savings Bank harassed Korea Expressway Corporation by a narrow margin until the end of the set. However, even after tying the score, they were unable to achieve a comeback.

Pepper Savings Bank, which had achieved balance at 18-20 thanks to Yasmin’s blocking and the opponent’s error, lost the lead again when it was hit by a serve ace following an open attack by the opponent, Bukiric. At 21-23, he contributed a set point to Tanacha’s consecutive quick opens. At 22-24, Phillips’ serve deviated and he lowered his head.

Unfortunately, Pepper Savings Bank, which lost the first set, did not show much strength in the second set.

Pepper Savings Bank, which was dragged 7-14 from the beginning, was unable to fight back and struggled.

Pepper Savings Bank, which lost the first and second wins, gave up the third set and accepted another loss.

Pepper Savings Bank, which had trailed to 13-15, was repeatedly defeated by Bukirich and even recorded a mistake, conceding 6 goals in a row and giving up the win.

For Pepper Savings Bank, Park Jeong-ah scored 16 points and Yasmin 14 points, but it was not enough to break the losing streak.

Korea Expressway Corporation’s Bukiric recorded a block and two serves each, scoring 28 points, the most points among both teams. 19가이드03

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