Reporter Kwon Hyeok-joon = Pepper Savings Bank, the lowest in women’s professional volleyball, broke its 13th consecutive home loss with the second win of the season against GS Caltex.
Pepper Savings Bank won with a set score of 3-1 (26-24 24-26 25-23 25-23) in the match against GS Caltex in the Dodram 2022-23 V-League Women’s Division held at Pepper Stadium in Gwangju on the 23rd.
Pepper Savings Bank, which won its first victory on the 31st of last month after 17 consecutive losses at the Korea Expressway Corporation, won a valuable victory after another 4 consecutive losses. Season 2 wins 21 losses (7 points).
Along with this, the disgrace of 13 consecutive home losses, the most ever in the V-League, which had been going on since last season, was also cut off.
In particular, Pepper Savings Bank won its first victory against GS Caltex after 8 consecutive losses, including 5 losses last season and 3 losses this season.
On the other hand, GS Caltex finished with 3 consecutive wins and maintained 3rd place with 11 wins and 12 losses (33 points). Foreign player MoMA Basoko Letizia (registered name MoMA) was absent due to a knee injury.
For Pepper Savings Bank, foreign player Nia Reid led the offense with 28 points, the most for both teams, followed by Park Gyeong-hyeon with 17 points and “Captain” Han-bi Lee with 13 points. Middle blocker Choi Ga-eun also scored 9 points, including 5 blocks.
GS Caltex struggled with 22 points from Kang So-hui and 17 points from Yoo Seo-yeon, but Moma was absent, but the team could not be saved.
For Pepper Savings Bank, Ji-young Ji-young, the starting pitcher for the Libero, was absent that day. Oh Ji-young transferred from GS Caltex through a trade at the end of last month, but at the time, Pepper agreed not to play Oh Ji-young in the GS Caltex match this season. As a result, Moon Seul-gi and Kim Hye-bin took turns playing as libero.
Although the main Libero was missing, Pepper’s concentration was strong. In a situation where they were trailing 16-19 until the middle of the first set, Nia Reed’s back attack, Lee Go-eun’s serve score, and the opponent’s error made a tie.
After that, Pepper, who persistently followed until 24-24, succeeded in reversing due to the offense of opponent Kang So-hui. In the ensuing situation, after Park Kyung-hyun’s dig, Lee Han-bi succeeded in an open attack and won the first set.
Pepper, who had gained momentum in the first half of the second set with a score of 15-9, was caught up in the middle by GS Caltex’s Kang So-hui and Yu Seo-yeon’s attacks. In the end, after allowing a deuce, he swallowed the regret by giving it 24-26.
However, the third set again made a reverse electrode. Pepper, who was dragged by 3-4 points, caught up in the struggle of Nia Reid and Lee Han-bi. In 16-18, Park Kyung-hyun and Lee Han-bi succeeded in consecutive attacks to tie the score, and Lee Eun-ji’s serve turned the game over.
Pepper, who gained momentum, widened the score with Park Gyeong-hyun’s dig, Lee Han-bi’s quick open, and Choi Ga-eun’s blocking. After that, GS Caltex followed tenaciously, but Nia Reed’s open attack finished the set 24-23. 메이저놀이터
The 4th set was also a tight flow until the end. With the balance leading to 22-22, Pepper took the lead with Nia Reed’s quick open. In the ensuing situation, Kwon Min-ji’s attack was ruled out after video review, and the match point was set at 24-22.
Pepper finished the game with Nia Reed’s center back attack at 24-23 to end the game.
Earlier, in the men’s match held at Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, KEPCO beat Hyundai Capital with a set score of 3-1 (22-25 25-20 25-22 25-20).
KEPCO, which added 3 points, maintained 5th place with a season record of 9 wins and 14 losses (30 points). The gap between 3rd place Woori Card (14 wins and 9 losses, 37 points) and 4th place OK Financial Group (12 wins and 11 losses, 37 points) is still not small, but the atmosphere was raised by capturing the second place team.
On the other hand, Hyundai Capital, after losing to Woori Card earlier, was caught by KEPCO and was unable to narrow the gap with the recent two consecutive losses and leading Korean Air (19 wins and 4 losses, 55 points).
KEPCO’s main gun, Tais Deul Host, played an active role with the most of both teams with 28 points and an attack success rate of 53.19%, followed by Lim Seong-jin with 18 points. Seo Jae-deok (16 points) and Shin Young-seok (13 points) also did their part.
For Hyundai Capital, Oreol Cameho scored 21 points and Heo Soo-bong scored 14 points, but could not save the team. It was regrettable that Jeon Kwang-in only scored 9 points and had an attack success rate of 33.33%.