The competition to enter the men’s professional volleyball ‘Spring Volleyball’ is getting closer. While Woori Card was in charge, KEPCO and OK Financial Group steadily accumulated victory points. Both teams facing each other on the 16th had a chance to recapture third place.
KEPCO and OK Financial Group will face off in the 5th round of the 2022-23 Dodram V-League men’s division at Sangnoksu Gymnasium in Ansan on the 16th. On the 12th, in the Woori Card match, KEPCO won after a close match with a full set, making 41 points and erasing the difference in points with the 3rd place Woori Card. OK Financial Group is 5th in the league with 39 points, 2 points behind.
The momentum of KEPCO is sky-high. Although they suffered 9 consecutive losses from the beginning of December, after ending the streak, the battle line stabilized, and after that, Korean Air ranked 1st in the league and Hyundai Capital ranked 2nd in a row. Foreign player Thais is in peak condition, and domestic outside hitters Seo Jae-deok and Lim Seong-jin are in good condition. His league number one middle blocker Shin Young-seok is also doing his job perfectly as well as his leadership role. The fighting play of setter Kim Gwang-guk, who has recently increased playing time, also draws attention.
OK Financial Group is somewhat slowing down. 3 losses (1 win) in 4 matches in the 5th round. In the most recent game, on the 11th, against Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, the lowest place, they lost 0-3. Middle blocker Jeon Jin-seon and outside hitter Song Myeong-geun, who joined after completing their military service, have greatly reduced the effect of adding them.
From the perspective of OK Financial Group, it is an opportunity to grab a ranking competitor and change the atmosphere. The record this season is 2 wins and 2 losses. It is not pushed by KEPCO. In particular, the main gun, Leo, scored 98 points in 4 games and flew. 안전놀이터
KEPCO veteran Shin Young-seok cited serve receiving as the team’s weakness after winning the Woori Card match on the 12th. At the same time, he stuck out his tongue at Leo’s ability to use a strong serve. Leo is leading the league in not only scoring (721 points) this season, but also serving (0.907 per set). He made 13 sub-aces in the KEPCO exhibition alone. KEPCO only achieved a serve receiving efficiency of 28.63% in the OK Financial Group match.
The key is to serve. The performance of Thais, who scored only few goals in the match against OK Financial Group, is also a point to watch. The winning team can push Woori Card, which has recently been shaky with five consecutive losses, and approach the postseason (PS).