Women’s professional volleyball Heungkuk Life extended its winning streak to seven games with a 3-0 victory over Korea Expressway Corporation.
Heungkuk Life defeated Korea Expressway Corporation 3-0 (27-25 25-20 25-19) in straight sets in their Dodram 2023-2024 V League home match at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on Friday.
League leader Heungkuk Life became the first of the seven clubs to reach the 10-win (1-loss) plateau.
Meanwhile, Roadworks (12-3-8), which suffered its second straight loss, missed a chance to overtake fourth-place IBK (14 points) and fifth-place Chungkwanjang (13 points).
Heungkuk Life took control in the first set, led by Yelena Mrazenovic (registered name Yelena), who scored 10 points in the first set alone.
Yelena blocked a ball from her opponent Vanya Vukiric (registered name Vukiric) at 13-16, and the score was tied after a series of attack errors by Roadworks.
With set point at 23-24, Kim drew a touchout and hit a service ace for a deuce.
At 25-25, a quick opener from Yelena was followed by a direct kill from Kim Mi-yeon to end the first set.
The second set was also close until the mid-to-late stages, but Heungkuk Life was more focused.
At 15-14, Heungkuk Life took the lead with a quick opener from Kim Mi-yeon, and Roadworks’ Tanacha Suk-soot (registered name Tanacha) hit the ball into the antenna, but her diagonal attack was blocked by Lee Ju-ah.
With a knock point, Heungkuk Life maintained its lead and closed out the set with a quick opener from Yelena.
Heungkuk Life held serve in the third set to seal the victory.
At 13-13, Roadworks’ Jeon Sae-yan’s serve failed to reach the net, but Heungkuk Life’s Kim Da-sol hit a floater ace.
Kim then drew a direct kill in front of the net from Reina Tokoku (registered name Reina) with a sharp serve.
The road construction company seemed to win the point after a long rally at 15-18, but Vukiric missed a touch net.
The victorious Heungkuk Life gradually increased its lead and reached the 25-point mark with six points.
On the day, the duo of Yelena Sapo and Kim Yeon-kyung continued to show their firepower, scoring 21 and 14 points, respectively.
In the men’s match at Yoo Yoo-soon Gymnasium in Cheonan, Chungnam, Korean Air swept Hyundai Capital in three sets (25-21 25-16 25-23).
With an 8-3 record and 25 points on the season, Korean Air leapfrogged Woori Card (22-8, 2-2), which has played one game less, into second place.
Hyundai Capital, which lost its fourth straight game, remained in sixth place.
As the scoreline suggests, it was a lopsided victory for Korean Air.
After easily taking the first set thanks to four blocking points from Kwak Seung-seok (two) and Kim Gyu-min-Han (one), Korean Air showed off its firepower in the second set with an attack success rate of 80 percent, double that of Hyundai Capital.
Especially in the middle of the second set, when the score was 16-14, Korean Air killed Hyundai Capital’s energy by scoring consecutive points by Lincoln Williams (registered name Lincoln), a block by Hyundai Capital’s Ahmed Iqbairi (registered name Ahmed), a fast attack by Kim Kyu-min, and a block by Lincoln.
At 10-10 in the third set, Korean Air went up 15-10 with four attack errors by Ahmed and a service ace by Jeong Jeong-yong to take the third point.
Lincoln led the offense with 18 points, followed by middle blocker Kim Kyu-min and wingers Kwak Seung-seok and Jeong Jung-yong with 10 points each.
For Hyundai Capital, only Ahmed scored in double figures (15 points), and uncharacteristically for a team of their stature, they had just three blocked shots. 먹튀검증