Heungkuk Life Insurance, with Kim Yeon-kyung, the ‘Volleyball Empress’, has caught up with leading Hyundai Engineering & Construction.
Heungkuk Life Insurance won 3-0 (25-21 27-25 25-15) in the 5th round of the professional volleyball V-League Women’s Division against Hyundai E&C held at Suwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 7th. Kim Yeon-kyung and Yelena Ssangpo led the attack, and Kim Mi-yeon and Lee Won-jeong added strength. Hyundai E&C dropped its head, unable to overcome the absence of Yasmin, a foreigner suffering from an injury, despite Yang Hyo-jin’s hard work.
With the victory on this day, Heungkuk Life Insurance added 3 points to reach 60 points (20 wins and 6 losses), making the victory points equal to that of leading Hyundai Engineering & Construction (60 points, 21 wins and 5 losses). Although it was not able to immediately beat Hyundai E&C, which was ahead in the number of wins, there is not a single game difference until the lead is reversed. Their head-to-head record this season was 2 wins and 3 losses.
Heungkuk Life Insurance overwhelmed Hyundai E&C, which had no foreign players, with two wings, Kim Yeon-kyung (22 points) and Yelena Mrazenovic (registered name Yelena, 20 points). Ivone Montaño (registered name Montaño), who was ‘substituted’ instead of Yasmin Bedart (registered name Yasmin), who is receiving injury treatment, could not make his debut today because he could not join training yet. 메이저놀이터
From the first set, Heungkuk Life Insurance succeeded in suppressing the baseline by operating twin guns of Kim Yeon-kyung (6 points) and Yelena (5 points). Setter Lee Won-jeong also set a record by scoring three blocked goals against opposing strikers Jeong Ji-yoon and Go Ye-rim. Hyundai E&C aimed for the central route with Yang Hyo-jin (6 points), but it was not enough.
In the second set, not only Yang Hyo-jin but also Jeong Ji-yoon (6 points), an outside hitter, revived and a close match took place. In particular, Yang Hyo-jin’s two consecutive goals led the game to deuce in a situation where they were behind 22-24. However, Hyundai E&C collapsed due to unexpected injuries. Libero Kim Yeon-gyeon injured his right foot while scooping the ball.
The game leaned toward Heungkuk Life Insurance. Hyundai E&C fought hard in a situation where Kim Yeon-gyeon could no longer play, but could not block the attacks of Kim Yeon-kyung, Yelena, and Kim Mi-yeon. Heungkuk Life Insurance calmly accumulated points and widened the gap to 18-8, eventually taking the 3rd set and winning.
On this day, Heungkuk Life Insurance’s team attack success rate (41.86%) far exceeded Hyundai Engineering & Construction (33.33%). For Hyundai E&C, Yang Hyo-jin (14 points) and Jung Ji-yoon (10 points) played an active role, but could not prevent the team from losing. As interest was so hot that it was called a ‘preview championship match’, the seats for the fifth match of this season (3,798 seats) were sold out early.