Hyundai E&C defeats Pepper Savings Bank to take sole lead for the first time this season.
Hyundai E&C earned a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 28-26) set victory over Pepper Savings Bank in the third round of the 2023-2024 Dodram V-League Women’s Division at Suwon Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.
With the win, Hyundai E&C extended its winning streak to seven games and improved its record to 11-4 and 35 points on the season, leapfrogging Heungkuk Life (12-2 and 33 points) for sole possession of first place. Meanwhile, Pepper Savings Bank, 현금홀덤사이트 which lost its eighth straight game, remained in last place with a 2-13 record and six points.
Hyundai E&C dominated Pepper Savings Bank with its height, grabbing 14 blocks. Moma led the way with 20 points, Yang Hyo-jin had 13 points with four blocks, Wipawi had 10 points with three blocks, and Lee Da-hyun added eight points with four blocks. Pepper Savings Bank was led by Yasmin with 26 points and Lee Han-bi with 10 points, but it was not enough to prevent the team from losing.
Hyundai E&C took the lead at 7-7 in the first set on a service ace by Jeong Ji-yoon, then went ahead on an open attack by Wipawi and a kill by Lee Da-hyun. Pepper Savings Bank responded with a kill from Park Jung-ah, but HMC took the lead at 17-10 after a kill from Yang Hyo-jin, a block, and a service point from Kim Da-in.
HMC then held Pepper Savings Bank to just 13 points and reached the 20-point plateau, racking up points with a service ace from Moma, a timed attack from Jung Ji-yoon, a block and a fastball from Lee Da-hyun, and a quick opener from Wipawi to end the first set.
In the second set, Pepper Savings Bank fought back hard, but Hyundai E&C managed to take the set. Unlike the first set, the second set was a tense seesaw game, with both teams exchanging points until the score reached 17-17. Hyundai E&C ran away with a block and attack by Wipawi after a block by Park Jung-ah, but Pepper Savings Bank caught up with a fast attack by Phillips and a back attack by Yasmin, and tied the score at 21-21 with a block by Park Jung-ah.
Pepper Savings Bank fought back with a quick opener from Yasmin, and after Moma’s opener and a block from Jeong Ji-yoon gave HMC set point, HMC sealed the set with a quick opener from Jeong Ji-yoon.
The third set went down to deuce, but this time, it was HMC who came out smiling. Leading 22-20, Pepper Savings Bank made back-to-back errors to tie the score at 22-22. Then, at 23-23, Pepper Savings Bank reached set point with a kill by Lee Han-bi, but another attack error resulted in deuce.
Seizing the opportunity, Hyundai E&C took the lead with a quick opener from Wipawi, and Pepper Savings Bank regained the lead with a back-attack from Yasmin and a quick opener from Wipawi. However, Lee Da-hyun tied the score again at 26-26. After Park Eun-seo’s attack was blocked by Kim Dain, Hyundai E&C took the lead again and ended the game with a quick open from Wipawi.
Meanwhile, in the men’s matchup between Woori Card and Samsung Fire at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, Samsung Fire defeated top-ranked Woori Card by a set score of 3-2 (26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 23-25, 15-13) after a full-set battle.
With the two points, Samsung Fire improved to 10 wins (5 L) on the season and jumped into second place with 25 points, ahead of Korean Air (8 L, 6 W, 25 P) and KEPCO (8 L, 6 W, 24 P). Woori Card, who were content with a point, moved to 31 points with an 11-4 record.
Samsung Fire achieved a triple-crown as Yosubani scored 39 points, including four blocks and four service points. Kim Jung-ho and Shin Shin-ho added 23 and 15 points, respectively. Woori Card was led by Matei‘s 33 points, Kim Ji-han’s 19 points and Lee Sang-hyun’s 11 points, but it was not enough for the team.
After taking the first and second sets and dropping the third and fourth, Samsung Fire played a tense seesaw game with Woori Card in the fifth set, but with the score tied at 13-13, Yosubani’s back-attack and Kim Jun-woo’s block on Matei’s back-attack ended the game and gave them a hard-fought victory.