KEPCO defeated Hyundai Capital and continued its hopes of advancing to the postseason for the second consecutive time.
KEPCO defeated Hyundai Capital with a set score of 3-0 (25-21 25-20 25-22) in the 6th round away game of the ‘Dodram 2022-2023 V-League’ men’s division at Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium in Cheonan on the 9th. 4th place KEPCO (16-18, 50 points)스포츠토토, out of 2 consecutive losses, pursued the 3rd place Woori Card (18-16, 53 points). Seo Jae-deok scored 14 points, including 3 points on the serve, and took the lead in winning the team along with Thais (16 points).
KEPCO maintained a gap within 3 points from the 3rd place, which is a condition for the semi-playoff (junior PO), and continued the hope of being able to participate in’Spring Volleyball’ for 2 consecutive seasons. On the other hand, second place Hyundai Capital was tied with 66 points (22-12) and could not narrow the gap with leader Korean Air with 71 points (24-9).
On this day, KEPCO needed a victory for ‘Spring Volleyball’. This is because Woori Card defeated OK Financial Group on the 8th and ran away. Prior to the game, KEPCO coach Kwon Young-min said, “There was a lot of attention that the competition would be difficult because of 9 consecutive losses during the season, but I am grateful to the players who have come this far.” You have to have the confidence that you can win everyone if your performance comes out,” he raised his voice.
A mistake and an injury in the first set divided the entire game. Hyundai Capital gave up the lead with an inaccurate attack from the beginning. He committed 12 offenses in one set alone. On the other hand, KEPCO only had 6. Injuries and misfortunes overlapped. Jeon Kwang-in of Hyundai Capital, who was landing after jumping from 17-20, collided with his opponent Seo Jae-deok and broke his right ankle. Jeon Kwang-in, who complained of severe pain, left the court with the help of medical staff.
KEPCO, riding the trend, took the lead even after entering the second set and harassed Hyundai Capital. Seo Jae-deok and Thais evenly scored. Seo Jae-deok’s two consecutive serve goals put an end to the second set.
Hyundai Capital did not step down as it was. In the 3rd set 8-12, Seongmin Moon’s blocking goal and Oreol’s 3 consecutive sub-aces were reversed with 6 consecutive points. However, it was not enough to turn the tide. After a one-step battle, KEPCO seized the victory by making it 22-20 with Seo Jae-deok’s serve. At the match point, Tyce’s powerful spikes were inserted, and KEPCO took the victory.