KEPCO, a 35-point joint venture between Lim Seong-jin and Thais, grabs the ankle of No. 1 Korean Air
Men’s professional volleyball KEPCO blocked the leading Korean Air. 메이저놀이터 KEPCO beat Korean Air in the 2022-23 Dodram V League at Incheon Gyeyang Gymnasium on the 2nd with a set score of 3-1 (13-25 25-22 25-23 25-18).
With this, KEPCO ran on a three-game winning streak, with 11 wins and 14 losses (35 points). It kept its place in 5th place, but narrowed the gap with 4th place OK Financial Group (12 wins, 13 losses, 37 points). Korean Air maintained first place, but had 19 wins and 6 losses (55 points), and the chance to achieve 20 wins in the season was postponed to the next time.
KEPCO’s offensive triangular formation exerted its strength. Tais (Netherlands) scored 20 points, the most in the team, and Seong-Jin Lim and Jae-Deok Seo also scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, and finally reported their first win against Korean Air after the start of this season.
For Korean Air, ‘Jupo’ Lincoln (Australia) scored 29 points, the highest for both teams, and Jung Ji-seok scored 14 points, but the light faded due to the defeat of his team.
In the first set, Korean Air was good. With serve scoring and blocking, the score gap widened from the beginning, and early set wins were solidified. Setter Han finished the game with a serve ace. Korean Air scored 6 points with a serve in that set alone.
KEPCO changed the atmosphere at the beginning of the second set, which had been dragged, to Thais’ blocking, and reversed it to 8-6. Korean Air’s player Han succeeded in sub-ace once again, and the Lincoln attack took the lead to turn the score around 9-8. However, KEPCO ran away again 14-12 with the opponent’s sub room and Thais attack.
Korean Air also fired back. With Jeong Han-yong’s serve, the score was balanced at 15-15. However, KEPCO was different from the first set. Seo Jae-deok’s back attack and the opponent’s room were tied to make it 24-21 in the second half of the set and seized the set victory.
KEPCO, which managed to beat Korean Air’s pursuit in the second half of the set, took the second set and balanced the set. KEPCO took the lead from the beginning in the third set. Korean Air caught up 11-12 thanks to Kim Min-jae’s quick attack, but KEPCO ran away 19-14 in the middle of the set thanks to Koo Gyo-hyeok’s serve.
Following this, Seo Jae-deok and Lim Seong-jin’s attempted attacks succeeded one after another and reached the set point first, making it 24-20. Korean Air kicked off the last chase in this set and made it 23-24, but KEPCO made it 25-23 with Thais’ spike and took the set lead.
In the fourth set, KEPCO’s momentum rose to 8-4 with Lim Seong-jin’s consecutive serve ace. Even in the middle and late stages of the set, they scored consecutively and widened the score to 19-14, giving Korean Air no excuse to pursue and earning valuable 3 points and a multiplier on the away road.