Hongik University won the preliminary match of the 2023 KUSF University Volleyball U-League against Kyung Hee University 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19) in straight sets on Saturday at Kyung Hee University Sunseung Hall in Yongin.
No. 8 Kyung Hee University (2-2, 5-1) and No. 10 Hongik University (1-3, 3-1) faced off. Kyung Hee University came into the match on a two-game winning streak, while Hongik University had lost two straight.
Hongik University was able to turn the tide. Mayumin (sophomore, OH, 190 cm) and Kim Jun-ho (sophomore, OP, 198 cm) led the one-two punch with 23 points, followed by Song Gun-hwan (freshman, MB, 198 cm) with 10 points. Meanwhile, Kyung Hee University was led in double figures by Park Ye-chan (junior, OP, 200 cm) with 25 points, but it wasn’t enough.
Kyung Hee’s receiving line was shaky from the start. Hongik University took the lead on a service ace by Lee Yoo-bin (SR, S, 188 cm) as they were able to penetrate the Kyung Hee University defense. Kyung Hee University’s offense didn’t get any easier. Back-to-back attacks led to errors, allowing Hongik to extend their lead to a 6-3 double.
The score was not going to get any closer. A block was added to the mix, forcing a Kyung Hee University timeout. Hongik took advantage of the momentum and added a service point from Mayumin to make it a double-digit score again, 12-6.
The gap was not easily closed. Every time Kyung Hee University had a chance to counterattack, they missed with errors. Hongik University, which did not lose the momentum until the end, ended with a block to take the first set.
Hongik University continued the momentum of the first set. Following a service ace by Song Gun-hwan, they scored back-to-back points to take a 4-0 lead. The momentum was not easily broken, and they further increased their lead.
Kim Jun-ho had 7 points, Song Gun-hwan had 5 points, and Mayumin had 4 points. This, coupled with three points from Song Gun-hwan’s serve, allowed Hongik University to take the second set 25-19.
In the third set, Kyung Hee University took its first lead of the match at 3-2, but it didn’t last long. Hongik University quickly turned the tables and took the lead at 6-5. They then went on an 8-5 run, forcing Kyung Hee University to take a timeout.
Kyung Hee University did not back down easily. They continued to chase Hongik University and got as close as 9-10, and Lee Jung-min tied the score at 10-10 with a serve. After exchanging points, two consecutive blocks gave Kyung Hee University a 16-13 lead.스포츠토토
Hongik University called a timeout, but it wasn’t enough. Kyung Hee University scored four straight points again, holding Hong Ik University to 13 points and reaching the 20-point mark. Kyung Hee University’s scoring streak didn’t stop. From 14-13, they scored eight straight points to go up 22-13.
Hongik University chased hard, but it was difficult to pull away. Kyung Hee University took the third set 25-21 and pushed the match to a fourth set.
Unfortunately, Kyung Hee University was unable to continue its previous set performance. From the start of the fourth set, Hongik University took control of the score and didn’t let up. Kyung Hee University changed its setter from Park Jun-seo (sophomore, 183 cm) to Park Seo-jin (freshman, 175 cm), but it was difficult to change the atmosphere.
Hongik University’s blocking height came alive. Hongik University never relinquished the lead and took the match in four sets, ending the losing streak.