Reporter Kwon Hyeok-joon = After the All-Star Game, professional volleyball starts a battle for rankings at the end of the regular league. With the ‘Yanggang Gudo’ firmly established in both men’s and women’s divisions, a fierce battle between the middle ranks with the 3rd place, the final line of ‘Spring Volleyball’, is predicted.
The Dodram 2022-23 V-League will resume from the 31st. Currently, all 7 teams in the men’s and women’s divisions have played 24 games each by finishing up to 4 rounds. The remaining matches are 12 matches in the 5th and 6th rounds, with each team facing each other twice.
The men’s and women’s divisions this season are very similar. In the definite ‘2nd round’, the fight for the middle rank is showing a confusing aspect. In the case of the women’s division, the lowest ranked Pepper Savings Bank is far away with only 2 wins and 22 losses (7 points), but Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (6 wins, 18 losses, 19 points), which is the lowest in the men’s division, is also difficult to expect to advance to the postseason at the moment.
In the men’s division, Korean Air (19 wins, 5 losses, 55 points) and Hyundai Capital (15 wins, 9 losses, 46 points) form a strong team. As Korean Air won all four matches against Hyundai Capital, the gap between 1st and 2nd place is widening somewhat.
Instead, the gap between 2nd and 3rd is as large as 1st and 2nd. 3rd place Woori Card posted 14 wins and 10 losses (38 points), and the difference in multiplier with second place Hyundai Capital is only 1 win, but the difference in victory points is 8 points, which is actually close to 3 games.
Woori Card cannot be optimistic even for the 3rd place. It is possible to turn over in the remaining games because it is only 1 point away from 4th place OK Financial Group (12 wins, 12 losses, 37 points) and 6 points from 5th place KEPCO (10 wins, 14 losses, 32 points).
KB Insurance, in sixth place, is behind with 8 wins and 16 losses (25 points), but it is showing potential after replacing foreign players, such as shutting out and sinking leading Korean Air ahead of the All-Star Game. It is still too early to give up.
Still, for now, our 3rd place is a bit closer to the postseason. Most of all, it is encouraging that they are winning 4 matches against their competitor, 4th place OK Financial Group. This is the background that will give you confidence in the remaining 5th and 6th rounds.
Recently, even with coach Shin Young-cheol and four players including Kim Ji-han leaving, they showed their potential by repeatedly defeating the leader Korean Air and the second-ranked Hyundai Capital. After the return of the new coach, it shows the aspect of a ‘goblin team’, such as being caught by the lowest-ranking Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, but it is a team that can demonstrate competitiveness in the postseason.
OK Financial Group, ranked 4th, is also showing a solid 2-2 record against leader Korean Air and 2nd place Hyundai Capital. In order to regain the 3rd place, we must not miss the confrontation with Woori Card.
In the women’s division, the competition for middle rank is fierce. Leading Hyundai Engineering & Construction (20 wins, 4 losses, 57 points), 2nd place Heungkuk Life Insurance (18 wins, 6 losses, 54 points) are in fact one game car close, and 3rd place Korea Expressway Corporation (13 wins, 11 losses, 38 points) From then on, it was virtually one step away from the ‘great authority’.
Among them, the gap between the 3rd and 5th places, including Road Corporation, KGC Ginseng Corporation 바카라사이트, and GS Caltex (11 wins, 13 losses, 33 points), is 5 points, narrower than the men’s division. It is a platform on thin ice where any team can fall to 5th place in one or two games.
In the women’s division, Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Heungkuk Life Insurance are showing a strong side, so the fight for the middle rank is expected to be decided in a face-to-face confrontation. The fact that Korea Expressway Corporation is currently in 3rd place is also related to the fact that it has an upper hand in both the KGC Ginseng Corporation (4 wins) and GS Caltex (3 wins and 1 loss).
Along with this, securing 3 points without being caught by the lowest ranked Pepper Savings Bank and winning at least 1 point in the 1st-2nd place Hyundai E&C-Heungkuk Life Insurance are expected to be important points in the remaining season ranking fight. .
At this rate, there is a high possibility that a semi-playoff will be held for both men and women. In principle, in the V-League, only up to 3rd place advances to the postseason, but if the difference between the 3rd and 4th places is less than 3 points, a semi-playoff will be held. While it has been held five times in the men’s division, it has never been held in the women’s division, which was introduced from the 2021-22 season.