In the end, the match was overshadowed in the last 3 games. Hyundai Capital and Korea Electric Power will play a single-legged game to advance to the championship match.
In the regular league ranking, Hyundai Capital ranked second, two steps higher than KEPCO (fourth). However, the opponent’s record was tight with 3 wins and 3 losses, and in the 4th to 6th rounds in the second half, KEPCO won all victories and continued a good atmosphere.
Ahead of spring volleyball, there were many expectations that KEPCO would prevail over Hyundai Capital. In the recent head-to-head match, KEPCO showed strength, but it was because Hyundai Capital’s main gun Jeon Kwang-in (32) left due to injury. Unfortunately, Kwang-in Jeon injured his ankle in a collision with Jae-deok Seo of the Korea Electric Power Corporation.
Jeon Kwang-in played 34 games (122 sets) this season and showed excellent performance in both offense and defense with 406 points, an attack success rate of 55.69%, a receiving efficiency of 40.03%, and 1.828 digs per set. From the perspective of Hyundai Capital, the absence of Jeon Kwang-in is bound to be painful.
The first leg of the 2022-2023 Dodram V-League men’s post-season playoffs (PO) held at Cheonan Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium on the 24th was a victory for Hyundai Capital. After a breathtaking battle that lasted the longest time in men’s PO history (158 minutes), they won a set score of 3 to 2.
Even before the game, attention was focused on the replacement of Jeon Kwang-in. Hyundai Capital coach Choi Tae-woong chose veteran Moon Seong-min (37) after much consideration. And Moon Seong-min scored 18 points with a 70% attack success rate that day, meeting Choi’s expectations.
However, the player Choi initially thought of as a replacement for Jeon Kwang-in was Moon Seong-min and middle blocker Park Sang-ha (37), who were the same age as him. Coach Choi said, “Both players are senior players in the team and are setting an example for juniors,” and then explained, “(Moon Seong-min) took good care of his body. I believed he would show his strength in a difficult game.” .
Two days later, in the second PO match held at the Suwon Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do, outside hitter Lee Si-woo (31) replaced Kwang-in Jeon. Lee Si-woo, who played as a backup throughout the season, surprised everyone by playing an important role in a big game. Moon Seong-min also participated in the game that day, but it was difficult to do his best because he was in his 30s and consumed a lot of stamina.
On this day, the player who served as Jeon Kwang-in’s replacement was Hong Dong-seon (22), who was in his second year of debut. However, Hong Dong-seon showed uneasiness in attacking and receiving, so Lee Si-woo began to start in the 4th set, where the set score was 1-2. Lee Si-woo scored 5 points in the 4th set, including 1 serve and 1 block, leading the match to the 5th set.
However, Lee Si-woo’s appointment was only half-successful, leaving some regrets. He continued his good performance by scoring 2 points in the 5th set as well, but made a fatal receiving mistake in a tight 16-16 situation. He received a serve from KEPCO Cho Geun-ho, but the ball fell to the back of the court. Subsequently, Jae-deok Seo ended the game with a back attack, and Si-woo Lee ended up shedding tears with her head hanging down.
The two teams, who each won one win in the PO of the best-of-three matches, will play the final game on the 28th at Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium in Cheonan.바카라 The probability of advancing to the championship match of the winning team in the men’s first PO round reaches 88% (15 out of 17), but the odds are just odds. In order to catch KEPCO, which has gained momentum with the victory in the second game, a clear card to replace Jeon Kwang-in is needed.
Moon Seong-min, who led the team to victory in Game 1, still has concerns about his stamina. Lee Si-woo needs to show a more mature play by using the mistake in the second game as a stepping stone. Here, he seems to be able to relieve coach Choi’s worries only if he revives Park Sang-ha, who was quiet in the second game.